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Molly S. Stump Named City Attorney
Contact : Karen Holman, Council Member    650-444-4017

Molly S. Stump Named City Attorney for Palo Alto


Palo Alto, CA –  Molly S. Stump will become City Attorney for Palo Alto, pending City Council approval, Mayor Sid Espinosa announced today.  Palo Alto’s City Council will vote to approve her employment contract on March 21, 2011. 

Following City Council approval, Stump’s appointment becomes effective April 18, 2011.  Her base salary is $208,375. 

Stump will join the City of Palo Alto after 15 years in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. During her tenure there, she served most recently as general counsel for San Francisco International Airport, the country’s seventh largest airport, and was chief counsel to the Airport Commission and airport director. 

“Molly Stump has spent her entire legal career in service to the public sector,” said Espinosa.  We welcome her to Palo Alto.  We are excited that she is joining the team, and we look forward to working with her.”

 Stump succeeds Gary Baum who retired as Palo Alto’s City Attorney, a position he had held since 2004, on October 31, 2010. 

Council Member Karen Holman, Chairperson of the Council/CAO Committee said, “We are very pleased that Molly Stump has accepted our offer, and we welcome the experience, expertise, and capability that she brings to Palo Alto. We look forward to a long relationship and the beneficial impact she will have on our community.” 

Previously, Stump was supervisor for San Francisco’s public protection team, working as chief counsel to the Police Commission and the chief of police; she also supervised the legal staff that advised all public safety departments.  As attorney on the general government team, she was special transition counsel to the incoming mayor, Gavin Newsom. She joined the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office in 1996 as an attorney on the labor and employment team, defending San Francisco in employment litigation and negotiating labor agreements. 

Stump served as law clerk to the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Court judge, and is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and of Pomona College in Claremont, California.   She is member of the California State Bar.