FLINT, Michigan — Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced today that William Kim will lead the City of Flint Legal Department as the new city attorney.
Kim, who first joined the City as an assistant city attorney in May 2015, previously served in key roles with the City of Lansing and the State of Michigan.
“We’re grateful for talented and dedicated staff like William (Bill) that gives us the ability to promote within the legal department,” Neeley said. “Bill’s expertise in government law and his ability to provide sound legal advice will continue to serve the city and its residents well.”
As the chief legal officer, Kim will oversee all aspects of the City’s legal department, including defending the city, providing legal advice to the mayor and city council, drafting legal documents and ordinances and bringing about legal actions in accordance with ordinances and the city charter.
“I’m excited and appreciative of the mayor’s confidence in me leading the City of Flint’s Law Department,” Kim said. “I’m looking forward to continuing working with the city council, the administration and our community partners to help move our city forward for the residents of Flint.”
Before joining the City of Flint team, Kim previously served the City of Lansing as special assistant city attorney. In that role, he researched and drafted legal opinions and represented the City of Lansing in state and federal courts and administrative hearings.
Kim also previously served at the Michigan Department of Financial and Insurance Services as staff attorney. His responsibilities included prosecuting violations of insurance, finance and mortgage statutes and drafting regulations and legal opinions in financial, insurance and mortgage law. Kim’s previous work also included work as a legal extern with the Honorable Janet T. Neff, U.S. District Court Judge.
Kim attended Hope College and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Michigan State University College of Law.
Kim became acting city attorney on February 14, 2022. His appointment has been confirmed by the full city council, as outlined in the Flint City Charter.