MOUNT DORA, Fla. (December 12, 2018) – At the November 27, 2018 City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Cal Rolfson proposed the City hire Bell & Roper, P.A., specifically Attorney Sherry Sutphen, as the permanent City Attorney. Mr. Rolfson proposed rescinding the RFP process to find a new law firm to represent the City. Mr. Rolfson said Mrs. Sutphen already board certified, has “excellent legal depth.”
City staff members believe Mrs. Sutphen is highly qualified and responsive and have passed that information along to City Council Members. Members of the Council also agreed that hiring a new law firm could be detrimental to the City since Mrs. Sutphen is already familiar with practices of City departmental functions and what is required from her for each department.
The vote was unanimous to offer the City Attorney position to Mrs. Sutphen and the firm of Bell & Roper, P.A. Mrs. Sutphen accepted the offer from the City and she is currently involved in contract negotiations with the Mayor and City Manager.
Mrs. Sutphen is a partner in the firm of Bell & Roper, P.A. She concentrates her practice in the area of local government law, specializing in local government general counsel work, public records, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, land use, public housing, purchasing, code enforcement and contract and ordinance drafting and interpretation. Her years of experience have led her through a variety of civil litigation matters including, serving as lead eminent domain counsel for more than seven major county road projects, successfully protecting multiple Code Enforcement Board and Board of Adjustments actions appealed by Petition for Writ of Certiorari and successfully defending or resolving countless land use related matters. Mrs. Sutphen has testified in front of the Growth Management Senate Committee during active session related to DRI thresholds and has provided routine advice to a myriad of advisory boards and committees, both statutorily required and local government created, regarding quorum requirements, ethics opinions and open government and sunshine laws. She believes in community involvement and has served, or is currently serving, in a volunteer capacity for a variety of non-profit and community organizations.