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Board picks county attorney

The Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors emerged from closed session Tuesday and voted 6-2 to offer the job of county attorney to Terri Atkins Wilson.

Terri Atkins Wilson

Lockett District Supervisor Robert M. “Bobby” Jones and Buffalo District Supervisor C.R. “Bob” Timmons Jr. were the votes against.

Atkins Wilson has a law practice based in Farmville. As stated on her practice’s website, the Law Offices of Terri Atkins Wilson specialize in real estate law, wills and trusts, estate planning, business formation and collections and cater to individuals and businesses in the greater Central Virginia area.

Board Chairperson and Farmville 801 District Supervisor Pattie Cooper-Jones stated, “A phone call was to be made by Jim Wilck following the meeting to let each candidate know the results of the vote. The (county administrator) is to notify her in writing immediately and the (board of supervisors) will have a meeting with Mrs. Wilson on Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. …”

Timmons said, “We’ve got to send her a contract for her to look at and review, and she’s supposed to bring that — any comments to it — back to the board meeting (Oct. 9). And then we’ll go through the terms of the contract, any changes that she’s got to make, and we’ll talk about her billing rate and then make the final decision at that point.”

He added that on Oct. 9, “the vote will be taken during the board meeting somewhere after 7 o’clock. The 5:30 meeting will be a closed session, and then we’ll discuss and vote at the regular board meeting.”

Atkins Wilson would be occupying a role that has been filled recently by another area attorney, Brian Butler.

“He worked with Jim Ennis as the deputy county attorney,” Timmons said, “and when we didn’t renew his contract, then Brian’s just been doing it month to month.”

There has been some disagreement among supervisors manifested in votes during the course of the search for a new county attorney.

During its regular monthly meeting Sept. 11, the board went into closed session for multiple purposes, which Farmville 701 District Supervisor and Vice Chairman Jim Wilck read off. He noted one of the reasons was “the discussion, consideration and interviews of prospective candidates for employment for the position of county attorney, pursuant to the exemptions provided for in Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia.”

County Administrator Wade Bartlett reported that Jones moved that the board meet again later to discuss the hiring of an attorney as the county’s attorney, and this was seconded by Timmons.

“Supervisor Wilck made a substitute motion to take a vote on the hiring of an attorney immediately,” Bartlett stated in an email. “Chairperson Cooper-Jones seconded the substitute motion.”

Cooper-Jones said the board would have to vote on each motion to determine which one would be the main motion, Bartlett stated.

“She called for a vote on the substitute motion,” he stated. “It failed 2-6, with Chairperson Cooper-Jones and Supervisor Wilck voting for the substitute motion and the remainder voting against.”

Bartlett stated that Cooper-Jones then called for a vote on Jones’ original motion.

“It passed 6-2 with Chairperson Cooper-Jones and Supervisor Wilck voting against and the remainder of the supervisors voting for the motion,” Bartlett stated.

The board then recessed, and it was announced Thursday, Sept. 13, by the county that the board would hold a reconvened meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18.