Bryan Wenter, Walnut Creek's assistant city attorney since 2008, has been named the new lead city attorney.

The City Council selected Wenter and will vote on his proposed contract at its Tuesday meeting.

"We are pleased to have selected Bryan from a group of highly qualified candidates," Mayor Cindy Silva said in a statement. "He has significant experience in land use and planning, which have been and will continue to be critical issues in Walnut Creek."

Wenter earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He holds a master's degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon. He is licensed to practice law in California, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and also is a certified land use planner.

The Walnut Creek resident is a recent past chairman of the American Bar Association's land use planning and zoning committee and a current member of the executive committee of the association's section of state and local government law.

His salary will be $190,000 a year.

Wenter succeeds longtime city attorney Paul Valle-Riestra, who died this year.

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