National City has hired Barry Schultz as its city attorney; he had served in an interim capacity since July.

The City Council last week unanimously approved a three-year contract with a starting base salary of $212,256 and 3 percent annual increases, according to his agreement.

Benefits under the contract include an annual vehicle allowance of $9,000 and employee life insurance of $150,000.

Schultz started his role in the summer when the city entered into a two-month agreement for $50,000 with Devaney Pate Morris and Cameron, LLP, the firm in which he is a partner.

He joined the city attorney’s office after Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed former city attorney Charles Bell Jr. a San Diego Superior Court judge in June.

“We have had a lot of turnover in the organization,” said Vice Major Marcus Bush. “We did lose a couple of attorneys and so it’s really important to have the stability and Barry has really done an amazing job in the interim, and so I expect him to carry this forward.”

In September, the City Council approved extending the contract as interim city attorney through February and paid him an additional $162,000 for a total of $212,000.

Schultz, who has been practicing municipal law for more than a decade, has previously served as city attorney for the cities of Encinitas and Murrieta in Riverside County. He has lectured on urban design and economics at the University of California, San Diego and served on the San Diego Planning Commission from 2001 through 2009.

He is a board member of the California Southern Business Development Corp., San Diego Parks Foundation and the Carmel Small Business Planning Group.

The new contract takes effect in January and ends on Dec. 31, 2026.