Avondale introduces city attorney department

From left to right, Bobbie Colvin, Steve Kemp, Michael Wawro, Nicholle Harris and Ben Ganados comprise Avondale’s new city attorney department.

The city of Avondale has introduced a city attorney department to provide legal services to the city council, city manager and all departments, boards, commissions and committees.

Led by City Attorney Michael Wawro, the new legal counsel team consists of Deputy City Attorney Nicholle Harris, Assistant City Attorney Steve Kemp, Legal Administrator/Paralegal Ben Ganados and Legal Assistant Bobbie Colvin

Michael Wawro

As Avondale’s first in-house attorney, a position to which he was hired in April, Wawro is the chief legal advisor for the city.

He previously served as an assistant city attorney in Peoria, an assistant city prosecutor in Glendale, and a deputy county attorney in Maricopa County. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and obtained his J.D. from Brigham Young University.

Nicholle Harris

Harris was formerly a partner in the public law practice group at Gust Rosenfeld PLC and served as an assistant attorney general for the Arizona attorney general’s office. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her J.D. from the University of Arizona.

Steve Kemp

 Kemp graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Toledo College of Law. He served as chief legal deputy in the Pinal County attorney’s office, city attorney for Peoria, and city attorney for Littleton, Colorado, prior to coming to Avondale.

Ben Ganados

Ganados holds two degrees from Arizona State University and has over 20 years of management and legal experience. He previously served as the senior paralegal for the Peoria city attorney’s office.

Bobbie Colvin

Colvin has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/pre-law from the University of Nevada. She was the office manager/legal assistant for a law firm in Nevada specializing in workers’ compensation and personal injury for 10 years before moving to Arizona, where she served as a legal assistant for civil litigation in the Peoria city attorney’s office.

 To contact the city attorney department, visit avondaleaz.gov/government/departments/city-attorney-city-prosecutor or call 623-333-1500.