Town attorney resigns

Published 12:35 pm Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Andrea Erard, the Town of Farmville’s attorney, has resigned from her position.

According to Town Manager Gerald Spates, Erard was based out of Richmond and the distance was difficult for day-to-day tasks.

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“She’s a very nice lady and very capable,” Spates said of Erard.

“It has been my honor to work with the Farmville Town Council and to serve the community,” Erard said.

During a Thursday town council meeting, Vice Mayor Armstead D. “Chuckie” Reid said the advertisement for a new town attorney had been published and the council was awaiting applications.

“It is the duty of the town attorney to be the legal advisor of the mayor, council, manager all departments, officers, boards, commissions and agencies of the town,” according to town documents. The attorney would “represent the town in all litigation in which the town or any department, officers, boards, commissions and agency thereof, ordinances

and resolutions for consideration by that body.”

Spates said that Erard had done a great job since becoming the town attorney last December.

Erard was the first female town attorney in Farmville, succeeding now Circuit Court Judge Donald C. Blessing.

Erard ‘s practice focused on municipal law.

The town council still plans to use Erard when needed, Spates said.

The deadline for proposals is the end of November. The council hopes to have a new town attorney on board by January, according to Spates.

On Thursday, Spates said there were three interested parties for the position.

Those interested should deliver five copies of the proposals to the town hall at 116 N. Main St.

Interviews are scheduled to begin in December.