Frankford seeking solicitor with municipal law experience

FRANKFORD – The town of Frankford is seeking a new town solicitor – with expertise in municipal law.

Chad Lingenfelder

Town council in May voted to sever ties with attorney Chad Lingenfelder, who had served as the town’s solicitor since the fall of 2015. The termination was made public at council’s June 4 meeting.

Frankford councilwoman Velicia Melson spoke in general on council’s decision.

“I’m really not going to discuss any specifics in reference to that, but as you know we have some kind of complex issues with our water plant and with the fact that Mountaire instituted and brought on board their own well,” said Ms. Melson, council’s secretary/treasurer. “We simply as a council want to focus on an attorney and a town solicitor that has municipal law practice and experience. We just felt that is what we need to look for at this point in time.”

“If I have an issue with my car not going to take it to a chiropractor or my neighbor,” said Ms. Melson. “We’re just doing best practices for the town of Frankford.”

Town vice president Gregory Welch believes the detailed reasons for the termination should soon be made public.

“It will get it out. I’ll bring it out. It wasn’t anything that we did,” said Mr. Welch. “I think it should be out now. And I think it will be out before too long. That’s one reason why I think we should be out front with it because it’s not really our secret to keep.”

This isn’t the first time the small town along U.S. 113 has been without a solicitor.

In March 2015, attorney Dennis Schrader resigned as the town’s solicitor. Later that fall, the town hired Mr. Lingenfelder.

“I know when Dennis Schrader left the town of Frankford, we were without a town attorney for quite some time, and it is our hope that the town of Frankford doesn’t have to go through that long process again,” said Ms. Melson. “Since it did come out that we are looking for a town solicitor we do have a couple candidates.  We have had at least two people express interest in assisting the town. We will have to go through the interview process and do our background checks and things of that nature.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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