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Yuma City Council appoints Files as new City Attorney

Yuma, Ariz. – The Yuma City Council approved the appointment of Richard Files as the new City Attorney during its Feb. 15 regular meeting.

Files has been an integral part of the City of Yuma’s legal team for nearly 16 years, leading as the Deputy City Attorney since 2010. Files first moved to Yuma in 1998 and served as a Deputy County Attorney for Yuma County until 2000. Then, he served as the City’s Assistant City Attorney from 2000 to 2010, with a brief stint working for a private law firm for a year in between.

“As the City Attorney, I am conscious of the trust that has been placed in this office, and will do my utmost to uphold that trust,” Files said.

“Whether in trial, in front of the City Council, or at my desk working on a lengthy development agreement, I have always considered it an honor to work for and represent the City of Yuma,” Files said.

During his time with the City, Files represented the City in various civil jury trials with favorable outcomes, and assists all departments in numerous matters. A member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing, Files is also licensed to practice in Kansas (inactive), and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Files graduated cum laude from Washburn University Law School (1997), and was ranked 14th in a class of 131. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Files earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona (1985).

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Files flew as a contract pilot for the Air Force and for the U.S. Department of State, and maintains his ties to aviation during his off time. He is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot with three type ratings, Certified Flight Instructor, airplane single and multi-engine land and instrument airplane; Certified Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor; commercial pilot single-engine land.

Files and his wife of 26 years live in Yuma with their 16-year-old son.