Samuel Clark, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's top aide in Minnesota, has been named St. Paul city attorney by Mayor Chris Coleman. He will begin his new position in mid-April.
Clark, 31, of St. Paul, succeeds Sara Grewing, who was named to the district court bench in December by Gov. Markc Dayton. He will be paid $130,000 annually.
The city attorney manages the city's legal team and serves as one of the mayor's chief advisers.
Clark has clerked for federal Judge Michael Davis, worked in private practice and advised Klobuchar since graduating from Harvard and Yale Law School.
As an attorney for Greene Espel in Minneapolis, Clark defended municipalities against civil suits in state and federal courts.
He was Klobuchar's counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., and currently serves as her state director.
"Samuel is a smart and dedicated public servant with exceptional leadership skills," Klobuchar said in a prepared statement.