Raleigh Names New City Attorney
Robin Tatum Currin has been selected as Raleigh’s next City Attorney. The City Council voted today to appoint Ms. Currin to the post, effective on or before Sept. 28. She has served as the City Attorney for the City of Asheville since 2014.
Ms. Currin has 27 years of experience practicing municipal law in more than 70 municipalities and counties in North Carolina, including Raleigh and Wake County. She is recognized in the legal profession as a leader in land use and zoning law in North Carolina.
“I am thrilled and honored that the City Council has entrusted me with this important role, and the opportunity to serve the Raleigh community,” Ms. Currin said. “I look forward to taking on this challenge and returning to Raleigh, which I consider my home.”
Mayor Nancy McFarlane welcomed Ms. Currin to the City of Raleigh staff.
“Appointing a City Attorney is one of the longest lasting marks a City Council can collectively make on a City,” the mayor said. “Robin Tatum Currin has exceptional experience as both a lawyer and a legal professional, which will make her an asset to the City Council, the City of Raleigh and our residents. I am proud to have her join our team and look forward to working closely with her.”
Ms. Currin has strong connections to Raleigh. Prior to becoming City Attorney in Asheville, she lived in the Capital City for 35 years. She worked in private practice on cases involving the City of Raleigh and became acquainted with City government and ordinances and members of City, including the Raleigh City Attorney’s Office.
Ms. Currin served as a teacher and vocational education coordinator at Sanderson High School from 1985-87, before attending law school. While at Sanderson she coached the boys and girls swimming teams and won three state championships, drawing from her experience as a competitive swimmer in high school and college.
Ms. Currin earned a law degree from North Carolina Central University, where she was class valedictorian in 1990. She also has two degrees from North Carolina State University.
Ms. Currin succeeds Thomas McCormick as Raleigh City Attorney. Mr. McCormick retired effective Dec. 31 after serving as City Attorney for more than 40 years.
The City Attorney reports to the City Council and is responsible for providing legal advice to the Mayor and members of the City Council, City Manager, and to each of the City's departments. The City Council also assigns special projects to the City Attorney, such as the preparation of special ordinances. The City Attorney’s Office advocates on the City's behalf in federal and State Courts, the General Assembly, and before quasi-judicial bodies.