Frost to retire after 34 years as city attorney

By The Mercury

Bill Frost formally steps down as city attorney Friday after more than three decades in that position. City manager Ron Fehr announced Frost’s retirement from the position he has held since 1978, saying he will be succeeded by assistant city attorney Katharine Jackson.

“Bill has served the citizens of Manhattan with great integrity and wisdom for 35 years, said Fehr, alluding to Frost’s arrival on staff as an assistant city attorney in 1977.  Fehr said Frost’s knowledge, experience, and foresight “have assisted Manhattan in managing unprecedented growth and in meeting the many challenges of local government law including two major redevelopment projects.”

Frost started his career with the city as a prosecutor and assistant city attorney in January 1977. He was named city attorney in September 1978 and is a senior partner in the Manhattan law firm of Morrison, Frost, Olsen, Irvine, & Schartz, LLP. He has practiced law as a partner in the firm since 1975.

Commenting on his departure, Frost said he valued “the relationship I have had with all the ultimate professionals that serve the citizens of the City as its administrative staff, as well as the numerous citizens that have served as commissioners over the years.”

Frost was recipient of the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) Distinguished Government

Service Award in 2011. The award recognizes a Kansas lawyer who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to government service, preferably a member of the KBA, who has demonstrated accomplishments above and beyond those expected from persons engaged in similar government service.

He served as president of the City Attorneys Association of Kansas.

Frost is a 1968 graduate of Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University). After spending four years in the Navy, he returned to law school at Washburn University, graduating with his juris doctorate in 1975.

Jackson has been deputy city attorney since December. She joined the city staff in June 2003 as assistant city attorney. Jackson graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 and graduated from the University of Colorado with her juris doctorate in 2003.

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