The Blue Springs City Council has approved the appointment of a new city attorney.

Mayor Carson Ross, after a six-month recruitment process, had appointed Nancy Yendes to the position effective July 21, and the council approved the action at Monday’s meeting.

Yendes will replace former city attorney Bob McDonald, who will retire this month after serving for the last 28 years as the city’s first in-house legal counsel.

“Nancy is held in high regard by the legal community and brings with her extensive knowledge of municipal government. We look forward to Nancy joining our community and continuing the excellence and professionalism established by Bob McDonald,” the mayor said in a prepared statement. “I would like to personally thank Bob for his dedication and service to Blue Springs and wish him the best in his retirement.”

The city attorney provides legal advice to the mayor, City Council and all boards, commissions and departments for Blue Springs.

Yendes has served the last 20-plus years as the assistant city attorney for Springfield, Mo. She also served as a hearing officer for the Missouri State Tax Commission and as an assistant Missouri attorney general, in which she represented a variety of agencies including the prison system and the departments of elementary and secondary education and mental health. Yendes has also served as assistant general counsel for the Missouri Department of Social Services.

“I am very excited to be able to serve a vibrant and growing community like Blue Springs,” Yendes said in the press release. “I look forward to working with the City Council and City staff and becoming involved in the community.”

She is a 1976 graduate of the University of Central Missouri who then got her law degree from the University of Missouri in 1979. She added a master’s degree in public administration from Missouri State University in 2012 and received the designation of IMLA Fellow from the International Municipal Lawyers Association in 2007. She also received the Lou Czech Award that is present annually by the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association in recognition of her public service.

She has also served as president and board member of the Missouri chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors for several years and served as the secretary, vice president and president of the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association. Yendes also served for nearly 14 years as a board member of the LAGERS pension system.