Leesburg Council Continues Town Attorney Search

Members of the Leesburg Town Council will meet Tuesday night with a recruiter hired by the town to assist in the search for its next legal representative. 

The special meeting is not expected to yield a final decision on whom to select as the next town attorney, and much of the meeting is likely to be held in closed session.

Martin Crim has served as the interim town attorney since the council approved a separation agreement with former town attorney Barbara Notar in February. Notar’s dismissal came following weeks of controversy, kicked off by a Letter to the Editor written by Mayor Kelly Burk, Vice Mayor Marty Martinez and Councilman Neil Steinberg that alleged four other members of the council had orchestrated a campaign to terminate Notar over their dissatisfaction with her handling of the Graydon Manor project and the town-county boundary line adjustment process. Council members Suzanne Fox, Tom Dunn, Ron Campbell and Josh Thiel each denied the allegations, and criticized their colleagues for making public a personnel matter. Notar had served as town attorney for five years, and joined town staff as deputy town attorney in 2008.

Shortly after Notar was dismissed, a majority of the council supported using an executive search firm to find her replacement. That tab was estimated to run the town between $20,000 to $35,000 at the time.

Human Resources Director Joshua Didawick declined to address questions about Tuesday’s meeting, citing Freedom of Information Act exemptions. Town Manager Kaj Dentler said last week he hopes to have the new attorney onboard by late summer or early fall.

Tomorrow’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the lower level conference rooms of Town Hall.

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