By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
The Yukon City Council has made it official, naming Roger Rinehart as Yukon’s new city attorney effective Jan. 1, 2021.
An agreement with Rinehart, Rinehart & Rinehart, P.C., attorneys at law, was approved at the Dec. 15th city council meeting.
The City of Yukon will pay its new chief legal counsel $7,000 per month, equal to $84,000 annually.
A private practice attorney, Roger Rinehart joined his father Dean in 1989 at the family’s El Reno law firm founded in 1923. Roger Rinehart is the firm’s president.
Rinehart, 59, has been El Reno’s city attorney since 2001 and is past chairman of the El Reno Planning Commission.
A bar examiner for the Oklahoma Bar Association, the El Reno native is a member and past president of the Canadian County Bar Association and a member of the Oklahoma and American bar associations.
An advisory board member for MidFirst Bank, Rinehart also is a member of Leadership Oklahoma and Leadership Canadian County.
Rinehart has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a juris doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
He served as an appellate law clerk with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. from 1987-89.
Rinehart will succeed Gary Miller as Yukon city attorney.
A retired Canadian Court district judge, Miller resigned effective Dec. 31 after four years as Yukon city attorney. He cited family health issues in his Sept. 30th resignation letter.
“I’ve told Roger this – if there’s anything I can do in any way to help, please just give me a call,” Miller said. “I’d be tickled to death to help in any way that I can.”
The contract with Rinehart outlines the “basic” services the new city attorney will provide for the $7,000 monthly fee.
This includes attending all regular and special meetings of the Yukon City Council, Yukon Municipal Authority, Yukon Economic Development Authority, Yukon Planning Commission, and Yukon Board of Adjustment.
Other duties are to:
- Draft or review of ordinances, resolutions and proclamations;
- Draft or review of contracts, leases, interlocal agreements, and memorandums of understanding;
- Phone consultations, emails, texts, virtual meetings, and in-person consultations regarding these basic matters;
- Litigation authorized by the City of Yukon or its authorities, defense of matters where legal defense is not otherwise covered by applicable insurance;
- Assistance with purchase or sale of real estate;
- Assistance with outside counsel assigned to defend claims against clients by clients’ insurers;
- Assistance with outside counsel assigned to handle union negotiations;
- Assistance with outside counsel assigned to handle bond financing and other financial matters for clients; and
- Such other matters to which the parties may mutually agree.
After approving the agreement with Yukon’s incoming city attorney, city council members welcomed Rinehart to the position near the end of their Dec. 15th meeting.
“We look forward to working with you,” Ward 4 Council Member Aric Gilliland said.
Mayor Shelli Selby closed by telling the new city attorney, “Mr. Rinehart, get ready. I’ve got you on speed dial now.”