Randy Grisell, City Attorney Announces Retirement

After a 41-year career practicing law and 33 years as the City Attorney, Randy Grisell has announced his retirement at the end of 2021.
“With respect to the City of Garden City, what stands out the most to me is the dedication and professionalism of the public employees that make up the city workforce,” remarked Grisell. “I have had the pleasure of working with two excellent city managers, Bob Halloran and Matt Allen. The city is fortunate to have Matt’s leadership, hopefully for many more years to come. City employees sometimes have thankless jobs, working long hours under adverse conditions so as to provide the municipal services expected and relied upon by the citizens of Garden City. I want to thank all the city employees I have been lucky enough to work with and who made my job so enjoyable,” said Grisell.
Grisell began his career in 1980 after graduating from Washburn University School of Law and moving to Garden City. He practiced criminal and civil trial work, representing business and agricultural clients before making municipal law his primary area of practice. In 1988, he started working for the City of Garden City. “Randy is held in high regard among city attorneys in Kansas. He treats people with respect and conducts his business with the highest integrity. Our Commissioners and staff have benefited greatly from his counsel over the last 33 years,” remarked City Manager Matt Allen.
In addition to the City of Garden City, Grisell represents, or has represented, the cities of Deerfield and Lakin, USD 457, Garden City Community College, and several other school districts in western Kansas. During his time representing public entities, Grisell served terms as President of the City Attorney’s Association of Kansas and the Kansas School Attorney Association. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career representing the City of Garden City, as well as other public entities in western Kansas” said Grisell. “Over 33 years, I have been fortunate to serve many community-minded elected officials who were willing to give their time for the betterment of our community. What I witnessed over my tenure as city attorney was a diverse group of city commissioners, willing to make difficult decisions, spend public funds wisely, act in good faith, and do what was necessary to make Garden City a progressive community, always working for the common good of its citizens,” stated Grisell. “I will certainly miss serving as city attorney, as well as the practice of law, but it’s time to see what comes next.”
“I have worked with Randy for the past 10 years, during my time on the City Commission. He is a consummate professional who has provided sound legal counsel to the commission during his long tenure to help move our community forward in a positive direction to where we are at today.” said Mayor Roy Cessna.

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