SANATOGA PA – Although no successor to attorney Robert Brant was named as Lower Pottsgrove solicitor Monday (Jan. 4, 2015) by the township Board of Commissioners, Vice President Stephen Klotz made a commitment that a new solicitor would be appointed by no later than the start of February.
It was anticipated the board might include a solicitor choice in its list of board officers, committees, conference groups, staff positions and professional advisors, approved Monday as part of its annual, state-required reorganization exercise. Brant tendered his resignation from the job last month, citing differences in working with township Manager Ed Wagner.
The solicitor’s chair at the board conference table remained empty throughout the night.
Klotz said he and fellow commissioner Earl Swavely intended to interview five different law firms on Jan. 12 and 13, next Tuesday and Wednesday, to determine which firms and attorneys would best fit the board’s perceived future needs. The cost of the solicitor’s legal services, as well as his or her performance, would be a factor in the decision, Klotz agreed in answer to an audience question.
Board members are expected to hear about and discuss the results of the interviews during the following weeks, Klotz said. He said he hoped that would mean an appointment could be made “at the end of January or the beginning of February.
As for Brant’s earlier resignation, the board officially and unanimously accepted it without comment as the meeting neared its end.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 4 meeting):