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The city of Selah has a new city attorney — D.R. (Rob) Case of the Yakima-based firm Larson Berg & Perkins.

Case has experience as a civil trial lawyer, with an emphasis on insurance matters, employment law, personal injury, agriculture and real estate, and as a criminal defense attorney. He’s handled appeals, federal litigation and business transactional matters.

He replaces Bob Noe, who worked for Selah for 16 years before leaving the position in August to serve as the in-house attorney for the Yakima School District. The Selah City Council had previously rejected a city proposal to switch Noe to a full-time position, with a $132,000 annual salary, with a 4-2 vote at a July council meeting.

Case said he’s looking forward to his service with Selah.

“Bob Noe did a great job during his tenure with the city,” he said. “I am honored and humbled to be selected as his replacement, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence for the city.”

On Tuesday, the Selah City Council approved a contract for Case that includes terms of $9,000 per month plus $225 an hour for city-initiated litigation.

Selah City Administrator Don Wayman noted those conditions are a $1,000 monthly savings from the city’s previous contract with Noe. Wayman also noted that Selah Mayor Sherry Raymond chaired a screening committee that interviewed three qualified applicants for the position.

“Mr. Case has an excellent background and should prove to be an effective city attorney for Selah,” Wayman said.

The contract notes that Case will serve in the role until either he, or the city, decides to end the agreement.

Editorial note: This article has been updated to reflect that Don Wayman is the city administrator of Selah.

Reach Lex Talamo at ltalamo@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: @LexTalamo.