Following the resignation of R. Christopher Meyer, Mayor Joe Ganim has appointed a familiar face to lead the city’s legal office, Mark Anastasi, who served as city attorney from 1992 to 2015.
Friday was Meyer’s last day. Anastasi will preside on an interim basis until the selection of his successor.
Meyer served in the City Attorney’s Office for more than three decades, the last six and one-half as chief counsel.
Ganim also announced that attorneys James T. Maye and Deborah M. Garskof will join the legal office on June 27.
Garskof comes to Bridgeport from Ury & Moskow of Fairfield where she practiced since 1998. Maye will be leaving his own practice in Norwalk focusing on real estate, bankruptcy and business law.
“I appreciate Attorney Anastasi returning to the position of City Attorney to lead the Office and providing his assistance as we search for a successor,” said Ganim in a prepared statement. “I want to again thank Attorney Meyer for his outstanding service to the city, and his leadership in my administration. We all wish him well.”
Ganim appointed Meyer immediately after his return to the mayoralty in 2015. He had originally tabbed Anastasi in 1992 to helm the office that had been filled historically by part-time leaders. Anastasi had served for more than a decade as associate city attorney.
Some members of the City Council have been critical of law office leadership asserting it is beholden to the mayor and not the city as a whole. They argue that they need their own dedicated counsel to advise on a cross-section of legal issues.