The city of Leavenworth will be splitting the jobs of city attorney and city prosecutor into separate positions.

The city of Leavenworth will be splitting the jobs of city attorney and city prosecutor into separate positions.

For years, the city attorney also has served as the city prosector. But the current city attorney, Tom Dawson, is looking to reduce his workload, according to city officials.

Dawson will step down from his duties as city attorney following a Feb. 13 meeting of the Leavenworth City Commission. But he plans to continue serving as the city's prosecuting attorney for Leavenworth Municipal Court.

Dawson has been serving as the city attorney since 2009.

“I enjoyed my time working with the city staff and elected officials,” Dawson said in a news release. “It has been a pleasure serving this community, and I look forward to continuing at Municipal Court.”

City Manager Paul Kramer said the city attorney advises and directs the city manager and City Commission regarding legal issues dealing with local, state and federal laws.

“Tom has been a key part of the team providing advice to the city staff and the commission,” Kramer said in a news release. “I want to thank him for his many years of service to the city and I’m glad he’s signed on to stay as the city prosecutor.”

Kramer said the city government has followed the practice of having one person serve as city attorney and city prosecutor for at least 20 years.

Kramer said the city has arranged for David E. Waters to serve as an interim city attorney until a new city attorney can be hired.

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