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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City of Jacksonville General Counsel is resigning her post effective July 1, Mayor Alvin Brown announced Wednesday afternoon.

"Cindy is an outstanding attorney of the highest standards of integrity and professionalism," Brown said.

Laquidara will be returning to private practice, joining the Akerman law firm, Brown said.

She has served the city for 15 years, first as assistant general counsel, then as chief deputy general counsel and then as general counsel.

Brown said he will fill Laquidara's vacancy with an acting general counsel, subject to City Council confirmation, who will serve until July 1, 2015. Pursuant to the city charter, the mayor said he will not need to use the council's process since he is appointing a candidate.

Brown highlighted Laquidara's achievements, including getting $13.4 million for the Shipyards bankruptcy.

Laquidara said she has always intended on returning to private practice, but has been honored to serve the city.

"There's nothing higher than representing elected officials and the appointed officials that they appoint, who are trying to do their best every day to represent the taxpayers, to get the right answer, to make life better," Laquidara said.

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