LONG BEACH - Applications are being accepted for a lawyer to serve the remaining term of recently-retired City Attorney Robert Shannon.

The deadline to apply is July 26.

On Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council voted 5-3 in closed session to interview candidates for acting city attorney. Whomever is chosen will serve until July 14, 2014.

In opting for an open process, the council members declined to immediately select Acting City Attorney Charles Parkin after he was appointed to the position June 18 on an interim basis. Parkin, Shannon's chosen successor, is expected to apply for the job and run next year for the seat, one of the few elected city attorney positions in the state.

Parkin, a Long Beach resident, has worked for the city since 1985 and in the City Attorney's Office since 1995.

Shannon noted in a memorandum sent prior to his retirement that the city attorney position has been filled from within the office for at least the last 50 years by lawyers who have sought no other political job.

According to Shannon, the practice has helped ensure the continuity of legal services and guarded against a political bias that has "plagued" elected city attorneys in cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and San Bernardino.

Shannon retired July 3.

The city attorney is the exclusive legal adviser of the city, City Council and all city commissions, committees, officers and employees.

A Long Beach resident who is qualified to practice in all courts in California must fill the position.

More information regarding the job and the selection process is at longbeach.gov/hr/employment.

Eric Bradley can be reached at 562-499-1254

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