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Coral Gables city attorney leaving for Trump administration post at Labor


The top lawyer in Coral Gables, City Attorney Craig Leen, is leaving his post to take a senior position at the Labor Department under President Donald Trump, according to a top elected official.

Leen, 42, will serve as senior adviser to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, a Cabinet secretary from the Miami area, Leen confirmed Thursday night. Acosta was dean of the law school at Florida International University when Leen worked there part-time as an adjunct law professor. Leen said Acosta contacted him over the summer and requested he join him in Washington.

Leen said he does not have a party affiliation, and did vote for Trump in November. He described his political post, approved by the White House, as overseeing compliance rules for government contractors. The work overlaps with his background as a government lawyer on the local level, he said.

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