Flynn appointed city attorney

Charles Warner Editor

December 21, 2013

UNION — A Spartanburg attorney who has been representing the City of Union on an interim basis is now the new city attorney.

In September, Union City Council voted unanimously to appoint Lawrence E. Flynn Jr. interim city attorney to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of former city attorney Billy Whitney the previous month. At the time of Flynn’s appointment as interim city attorney, Mayor Harold Thompson said Flynn had done previous work for the city and that with his experience and background he could provide the city with the legal services and counsel it needed.

At the same time, Thompson announced that he’d appointed a committee composed of councilmen Robert Garner, Yates Giles, and Jim Wilson to conduct a search for a permanent municipal attorney.

That search came to an end this week when council voted unanimously to approve the committee’s recommendation that Flynn be appointed city attorney.

A practicing attorney since 1974, Flynn is associated with the Pope Ziegler Law Firm based in Columbia. While he is associated with the firm, Flynn practices law in Spartanburg and much of his practice has involved representing municipalities in the Upstate.

As city attorney, Flynn’s duties and responsibilities include:

• Attending regular or special meetings or work sessions of city council when specifically requested to attend and to do so at least once a quarter.

• Be available for consultations and meetings with the mayor or the mayor’s designated representative.

• Review legal documents, ordinances, and other paperwork prepared by others.

• Prepare letters, memos, and opinions approved by the mayor or his designated representatives. Upon approval by the major or his designated representative, the city attorney will provide legal services related to litigation in which the city is a plaintiff or defendant. The city will be billed for these services on an hourly basis.

• Take telephone calls from individuals or agencies referred by the mayor or his designated representative.

• Prepare and file all legal documents related to the enforcement of the building codes including the Property Maintenance Code.

• Assist the mayor and city clerk in reviewing legal recommendations made as part of the codification of the city code.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com