Bilodeau chosen as city solicitor
City council voted unanimously Monday to appoint Paul Bilodeau as Newark’s city solicitor.
Bilodeau, who works for the Wilmington-based law firm Losco & Marconi, P.A., has served as deputy solicitor since 2011.
He told council he feels
ready to take on the additional responsibility.
“It’s the culmination of my legal career, to be quite honest,” he said. “I’ve been working toward this since I graduated from law school in 1987.”
Bilodeau was one of two candidates interviewed Monday night, after council members narrowed down a pool of six applicants. The second candidate was Charles J. Brown III, of Wilmingtonbased firm Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown.
The city solicitor manages all legal matters of the city and provides legal advice to city council and staff, while the deputy solicitor primarily prosecutes cases in Alderman’s Court.
A native of Virginia, Bilodeau received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from James Madison University in 1981 and a law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1987. Besides his current work for the city, he primarily represents condominium associations and homeowner associations.
He will replace previous solicitor Bruce Herron, also from Losco & Marconi, who retired in December after seven years in the position.
“I’m absolutely overjoyed about the possibility of stepping into his shoes,” Bilodeau said.
On Feb. 12, council will vote on a pay rate for Bilodeau. The solicitor and deputy solicitor are contract positions and work on an hourly basis.
The current rate is $140 and $125 per hour, respectively. Herron and Bilodeau earned a combined $366,171 in 2016 but agreed to a cap of $300,000 in 2017.
Council also will vote on a new deputy solicitor. Bilodeau asked council members to consider his colleague, Geena George.