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County council attorney resigns after 20-plus years

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An attorney who represented a county board for more than 20 years is resigning.

Attorney John “Phil” Wilson turned in his letter of resignation Feb. 28, saying he was leaving his position as the county council’s attorney because the board planned to use the new assistant county attorney for legal work in the future.

The assistant county attorney’s position was created and approved by the county council in January. The council planned to use the person as the board’s attorney.

After Wilson’s resignation, Shena Wheeler, the assistant county attorney, was approved as the county council’s new attorney.

The council will save money by not having to pay fees for an attorney from a private practice. Wheeler and county attorney Kathleen Hash are a full-time employees and offer services to all county departments.

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