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Buckhorn names interim Mandell as new Tampa attorney

TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn named Julia Mandell as his new city attorney, replacing Jim Shimberg, who left earlier this year to take a job with the parent company of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mandell has served as interim city attorney since Shimberg left.

Buckhorn announced Mandell’s new position on Thursday.

If confirmed by the city council, she’ll be the second female city attorney in Tampa’s history, following Pam Akins. Her salary will be $153,000.

“Since stepping up as the interim city attorney, Julia has proven herself to be a key member of our team,” Buckhorn said in a written statement. “I look forward to working with her in her new role.”

A University of Florida graduate, Mandell has worked for the City of Tampa since 2004. She has been the senior city attorney since 2007. She specializes in land-use and development law.

Before coming to the city, Mandell spent seven years as an assistant county attorney with Hillsborough County. Before that, she was in private practice.

Buckhorn cited those experiences as factors in his decision.

The mayor said Mandell “has a working knowledge of how to get things done in local government, and the city will benefit from that experience.”

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