By Tim J. Randall
Kelly Schwab assumed the role of city attorney a week after the City Council nominated and approved her for the position on Nov 7.
“I am extremely fortunate to take on the responsibilities of city attorney for Chandler,” said Schwab, a 17-year Chandler resident.
“I am excited to lead such a great staff and help facilitate the development of the council’s agenda.”
A doctoral graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, Schwab began her career working for a small firm in Tucson and quickly earned her first opportunity to practice municipal law for the Town of Marana.
“I started at the ground level of the Dove Mountain project in Marana as the Town’s attorney,” Schwab said. “It was my first master-planned community and there were land-use, zoning, entitlement and utility issues.”
Her next move was to greater Phoenix and a position working for a variety of municipalities at the law firm of Martinez & Curtis.
“We represented many cities and towns across the Valley and I really developed a passion for municipal law.”
Her most recent stop was at the City of Mesa as an assistant city attorney, a position in which she served for about one year.
Now with the new role in Chandler, Schwab is able to put her expertise and talents to work in the city she calls home.
“My husband and two daughters enjoy living in Chandler, and in this new role I can help make the community grow even better,” she said.
“Kelly will be a tremendous asset to the City Council and to our community,” said Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “She brings a wealth of experience and a true passion for Chandler and for the position of city attorney. I look forward to working with her well into the future on matters important to the City and our residents.”
In the opening days, Schwab said she is excited to dig into the issues of the City.
“I am learning what challenges are priorities of the City Council,” she said. “They are the policy makers, and I know one of their agenda items is a beautiful downtown, which I will work to help continue developing.”
Schwab said she will also focus on business growth.
“I believe the council wants to craft ordinances and regulations that do not make it harder for companies to expand, and I will assist in that capacity.”
In addition to her role with the City, Schwab chairs the Public Law Section for the State Bar of Arizona and is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“I am very involved with the State Bar,” she said, adding that with her record and resume, residents can feel confident.
“I love municipal law and am committed to helping the City of Chandler,” she said.