City Council selects Patrick Baker as Charlotte’s new city attorney

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2019) – Patrick Baker, an experienced attorney and executive manager, will become Charlotte’s next city attorney, the City Council announced today. 

Baker, who currently serves as the city attorney for the City of Durham, has extensive experience in municipal law, including civil litigation, employment law, constitutional law, land use, public records and legislative advocacy. 

Prior to becoming Durham city attorney in 2008, Baker served as the Durham city manager, a role he held for four years. 

“Patrick’s diverse skillset, effective counsel and collaborative approach to leadership will benefit our entire city,” said Mayor Vi Lyles. “We welcome Patrick and his family to Team Charlotte.”

As Durham city attorney, Baker serves as the city’s chief legal counsel, providing guidance to City Council and staff, developing legal strategies to implement policy directives and supervising a team of nine attorneys and three support staff. 

“I’m honored and humbled to begin this new journey,” Baker said. “I’d like to thank the City Council for their confidence in my abilities, and I look forward to calling Charlotte home.” 

Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree, both from Wake Forest University. He is the president-elect of both the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys and the International Municipal Lawyers Association. 

Baker, who will earn an annual salary of $254,000, is set to begin his new role in March. 


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