Bilodeau cho­sen as city so­lic­i­tor

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

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