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File #: 60465    Version: 1 Name: Honoring City Attorney Michael May's 16 years of service with the City of Madison
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/11/2020 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Enactment date: 5/27/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00376
Title: Commending, honoring and expressing appreciation to Michael P. May, City Attorney, on his retirement from the City of Madison after 16 years of service.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Sheri Carter, Syed Abbas, Michael E. Verveer, Christian A. Albouras, Samba Baldeh, Shiva Bidar, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Keith Furman, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Zachary Henak, Rebecca Kemble, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Donna V. Moreland, Max Prestigiacomo, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Michael J. Tierney
Attachments: 1. Final Signed Retirement Letter 01082020.pdf, 2. Exhibit A
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
5/19/20201 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/11/20201 Attorney's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
This resolution honors Michael P. May for his service to the City of Madison as City Attorney. While this resolution includes no appropriation, it does reference the naming of a conference room, which may create incidental costs for the Office of City Attorney due to various signage requirements and enlargements of pictures of Attorney May in various regalia, including wizard paraphernalia and homages to Irish cultural dress customs. Research has shown that Attorney May loves the law, which has had some fiscal effect on the city over the past 16 years (beyond quantifiable) and stems from his immersion in the philosophy of the 1960's and 70's, including such notions as love is free. These notions have been discounted as sophistry in recent years, yet Attorney May has remained steadfast in his love for the law. Some of Attorney May's other, more parochial, efforts included development of an ordinance around a questionable remembrance of the pronunciation of a street name from his childhood, which resulted in some additional costs to the city to change various announcements on city buses. These costs are, again, indeterminate in service to love of the law.

Given the above, this resolution has no fiscal effect, and, in sum, Attorney May, his service to the city, and his love of the law are priceless.

Commending, honoring and expressing appreciation to Michael P. May, City Attorney, on his retirement from the City of Madison after 16 years of service.
WHEREAS, Mike was appointed City Attorney by Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and started employment with the City of Madison on May 17, 2004; and,

WHEREAS, Mike is often quoted as saying “I love the law;” and,

WHEREAS, Mike has staffed over 360 Common Council meetings during his tenure, which equates to a little over one year of his life in council chambers; Mike loves the law; and;

WHEREAS, currently, Mike is helping to lead the City of Madison thru the COVID-19 pandemic by answering countless ...

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