Samuel Clark, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's top aide in Minnesota, has been named St. Paul city attorney by Mayor Chris Coleman. He succeeds Sara Grewing, who was named to the district court bench in December by Gov. Mark Dayton.

He will be paid $130,000 annually to manage the city's legal team and serve as one of the mayor's chief advisers.

Clark, 31, of St. Paul, clerked for federal Judge Michael Davis. As an attorney for Greene Espel in Minneapolis, Clark defended municipalities against civil suits. He was Klobuchar's counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., and now is her state director.

"Samuel is a smart and dedicated public servant with exceptional leadership skills," Klobuchar said in a statement.