Leading from the Left

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Announcing New County Attorney

The BoCC has named a new county attorney. The appointment will be made official at our April 7 Board meeting. The following is the text of the press release issued this morning.

Roberts Named as New Attorney for Orange County

Valerie Foushee, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, announced the selection of John L. Roberts as the new Attorney for Orange County starting April 23, 2009.

As County Attorney, Roberts will provide legal services for the Board of County Commissioners and county departments, reporting directly to the Board. He will work in coordination with the Staff Attorney on all legal matters including ordinances, contracts and as necessary on litigation and other legal matters.

Roberts comes to Orange County from Stanly County, where he served as County Attorney. His experience providing a full range of legal services for the Stanly County Board of Commissioners includes advice on legal issues, policies and procedures for both the Board and all county departments. Prior to work with Stanly County, Roberts served as a managing partner of Ferrell & Atwater, a law firm in Raleigh.

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Law Studies from Davenport College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and a Juris Doctorate Degree from North Carolina Central University. He also has a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and has completed a certificate program in Municipal and County Administration from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“The Board looks forward to John serving as part of the Orange County team,” Foushee said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us and hope he can hit the ground running.”

Roberts is ready for the challenge. “I am very excited about my future with Orange County. I have heard many positive comments about both the community and future co-workers,” Roberts said.

Roberts will be replacing Geof Gledhill who served as primary legal counsel to Orange County for over 30 years.