SYRACUSE -- City officials have finalized the hiring of a new full-time attorney.
William Carlson was ratified as the new attorney for this community by a 3-0 vote in a special meeting held Thursday night. Councilmen Alan Clark, Matt OcaA+-a and Larry Shingleton approved the hiring.
The vote came after the lack of council members to form a quorum forced the cancellation of a meeting Tuesday. It also followed by several weeks public discussion about whether the city should make the move and whether the position should be approved by a council that includes two outgoing members. Neither Clark nor OcaA+-a were re-elected to their seats.
Carlson served as an associate city prosecutor for Salt Lake City. The University of Utah graduate will earn a starting salary of approximately $70,000.
"I'm looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity for them and for me," Carlson said.
Carlson expects to take the new post within two weeks.
Adding a full-time attorney will save the city money as well as provide full-time access to legal services. The city has previously used a consulting firm and has budgeted more than $100,000 for the service for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The vote comes several weeks after a public meeting where Councilman Matthew Kimmel wanted to table the matter, suggesting the matter be left for the new council to decide.
New council members Karianne Lisonbee and Craig Johnson are scheduled to take the oath of office Tuesday.
As well as a full-time attorney, city officials also approved establishing a full-time engineer's position.
The city's current fiscal year budget includes $252,000 in funding for legal and engineering services. City Manager Robert Rice said the city saved $30,000 by hiring a new attorney.
Carlson said he is eager to get to work in his new post and the city would no longer have to "underutilize" legal services in an effort to save money.