Cooper new city attorney

Two different searches end with same result

KINGMAN - City Council will sign a contract naming Carl Cooper as the new city attorney for Kingman during the next Council meeting on Monday.

Cooper said he has lived in Arizona for most of his life. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. He earned his law degree from the University of Southern Illinois in 2002.

Cooper served three years in the United States Army and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

His first position out of law school was city prosecutor for Kingman in 2002. He worked his way up to assistant city attorney and worked directly under the last city attorney, Bob Taylor.

Taylor resigned as city attorney in late April to work for Mohave County.

Cooper was one of four finalists for the position. The city started advertising in February in preparation for Taylor leaving.

City Human Resources Director Jackie Walker said Cooper came highly recommended by officers from the Kingman Police Department and Taylor.

"He was very articulate and very objective. We felt that he would do well in the position," Walker said.

She said the city advertised the position across the country in trade magazines, with state bar associations and city attorney associations.

A committee made up of then Councilmen Phil Moon, Dave French, Tom Carter, Police Chief Bob DeVries, Taylor, County Attorney Matt Smith, private attorney Jeff Goldberg and Walker were chosen to weed through resumes and interview potential candidates. The committee received six applications and interviewed four candidates for the position.

At that time, several new members had been elected to Council. The Council asked the committee to advertise the position again, hoping to get a larger response.

A second committee was made up of Councilwoman Janet Watson, Councilmen French and Carter, DeVries and Walker. The committee received four applications for the position and sent out invitations for interviews to all four candidates. One candidate declined an interview.

Walker said Cooper was an applicant in both recruitment calls.