New Englewood city attorney talks about the job

Alison McKenney Brown will be Englewood city attorney

Posted 8/8/16

Englewood's new city attorney is Alison McKenney Brown. The city council approved appointing her to the position at its Aug. 1 meeting.

Brown currently serves as a city attorney on the administrative team for the City of Bel Aire, Kansas.

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New Englewood city attorney talks about the job

Alison McKenney Brown will be Englewood city attorney

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Englewood's new city attorney is Alison McKenney Brown. The city council approved appointing her to the position at its Aug. 1 meeting.

Brown currently serves as a city attorney on the administrative team for the City of Bel Aire, Kansas.

From her Kansas office, Brown spent a few minutes talking about her new position and other matters during an Aug. 5 telephone interview.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Oregon and my family moved to Wichita, Kansas, when I was very young. I graduated from high school, earned my bachelor's degree at Kansas State and went on to earn my master's degree in public administration at Wichita State University. I then earned my law degree from the University of Kansas, graduated in 1993 and began my career as a local government attorney. My husband and I have two daughters. Our oldest daughter, Naeley is 23 and she is an air-quality engineer at a nuclear power plant in South Carolina and our youngest daughter Ria is 20 and she is attending Kansas State University. I guess neither daughter is interested in following their mother into the legal profession.”

Did you always want to be a lawyer?

No. My parents were educators and so I always planned to go to college so I earned my bachelor's degree and went on to earn my master's degree. As I was completing my master's degree requirements, one of my professors urged me to go to law school. I followed the recommendation and earned my law degree because I wanted to be part of a local government legal team. I have been a local government attorney since I graduated from law school.

How did you feel when you were notified you had been hired?

I was very pleased. This is the first time I have applied for a job in about 12 years because I like the job I have now. However, when I looked at the Englewood position, I felt it would be a good fit for me so I applied for the position. I am just pleased the city council felt I would be the right person for the job.

What were your impressions of the city?

Englewood looks like an exciting community and a fun place to live and work. I am looking forward to buying a home and living in the community I serve. I am not a stay-in-the-office person. I like to be part of the community, to get to know the people. I feel that helps me have an understanding of how the people feel when I deal with a city legal issue.

What is the process for passing the Colorado bar?


We hoped the process would move quickly. Unfortunately, since I will be a local government attorney I must pass the bar test and the next tests are scheduled in November. I wish things would move more swiftly because I am ready to go to work today. But we must follow the process and, while I don't really like it, the delay in the Colorado bar process gives me time to do a lot of research about the city and its issues so I can be ready to hit the ground running when the reciprocity process is completed.

Were you familiar with Englewood before you applied for the position?

I may not have been all that familiar with Englewood but our family loves Colorado. We have national parks passes and Rocky Mountain National Park is one of our favorite places to go. Now, we are getting things together to sell our house here in Kansas and have begun looking for a house to buy in Englewood because we want to become members of the community as soon as possible. I want to be a resident of Englewood and ready to go to work the day after I receive the blessing of the state to practice law in Colorado.

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