Meredith Riede

Job TitleMeredith Riede

City Attorney

Alma Mater

South Texas College of Law

Describe your job in 30 words or less.

Provide legal services to City Council, City Manager, Departments, Boards and Commissions. Supervise other staff attorneys including the prosecutors to ensure that the City's legal needs are met. 

You started off as an intern for the City of Sugar Land. When did you intern? Which department did you intern for?

September 1997 - May 2000 in the Legal Department

What attracted you to join the City of Sugar Land's team?

Family history of working for municipalities. My father worked at the Houston Police Department (as a civilian) and my grandfather worked at the St. Louis Fire Department as a fire fighter.  At the time I was hired as an intern, I was working for the City of Houston in Public Works and wanted to work for a smaller and more dynamic City.

When/how did you move into a full-time position?

May 2000. I graduated law school and passed the State Bar exam and was hired as an assistant city attorney.  Fun fact: at the time the city only had one attorney -- hiring me doubled the size of the department!

How did your internship experience prepare you for the transition to a full-time role?

It allowed me to learn about the duties of the position, the people and the culture of the city while providing a safety net of having a hands on supervisor to show me the ropes.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Two favorites: my co-workers and driving around the city and seeing the incredible things that my coworkers have accomplished. From bridges to parks to ball parks, we have accomplished some pretty incredible things.

What advice would you give to future City of Sugar Land interns?

The City is fast paced and you can learn a lot in a short period of time. If you work hard, your career possibilities are endless.