Delray Beach attorney to resign

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By: Marisa Gottesman, Associate Editor

Delray Beach’s City Attorney Noel Pfeffer submitted his resignation to the city Tuesday.

Pfeffer started working for the city on July 9, 2014 and will leave the post in 60 days, according to his resignation letter.

His letter to the city manager and human resources director states he will accept a position as a partner in a local law firm.

“I have an opportunity to work with attorneys whom I have known for many years and to also continue to practice administrative and governmental law,” the letter states. “I believe this decision best serves my professional and personal interests.”

He stated he will make himself available to his successor to help with any transitions.

Pfeffer’s notice comes hours before the city commission is set to vote on East Atlantic Avenue redevelopment project Atlantic Crossing, which is currently in federal litigation.

He came to the city after a long career in Broward County as a deputy attorney. He replaced interim attorney Terill Pyburn, who filled the role temporarily after city attorney Brian Shutt left the city.

He was instrumental in helping the city take financial control of the Auburn Trace affordable housing properties, which were foreclosed on and the owner filed for bankruptcy. The city recently sold the properties to a new owner and were made whole on the deal.

Pfeffer’s annual salary totaled $149,510, according to city records.

“It has been a privilege to serve and represent this City,” Pfeffer wrote. “I appreciate the past support I have received. Delray Beach is unique among South Florida communities and I wish you success in addressing the many challenges ahead.”