Chestertown is searching for a new town attorney after Town Manager Bill Ingersoll announced at Monday’s town meeting that long-time attorney Stewart Barroll was leaving. Barroll was recently hired as the attorney for Caroline County.
Ingersoll said Barroll would be around for a little while in the interim.
“He has a little [more] time with us,” Ingersoll said at Monday’s council meeting. “He won’t leave us without assistance on a temporary basis.” He said there was another attorney who will help out in the interim if needed, but Ingersoll provided no name.
Ingersoll asked the council for guidance on how to move forward with finding a new attorney.
Ward 3 Councilman Ellsworth Tolliver asked if selecting the new attorney was akin to selecting a police chief and Ingersoll responded that the first approach to selecting the next town attorney would be a job description.
“We have to come up with what we expect the town attorney to do,” Ingersoll responded. He said Barroll would be the best person to define the next attorney’s role.
“The best person to sort of put that down on paper might be [Barroll],” he said. Ingersoll said he would also ask the Maryland Municipal League for advice from other towns that have gone through a selection process.
“This is something you really want to do right,” he said.
Ingersoll said the town had 43 days to bring in the new attorney.
Ward 1 Councilman Sam Shoge asked if Barroll had made a recommendation for the next town attorney and Ingersoll said that a recommendation had been made.
“He named one person that he thought [was] above others,” Ingersoll said. He said the individual could work in the interim if procuring the next attorney took longer than expected.
Ward 2 Councilman Tom Herz said it was “worthwhile to hear what other towns have done” to acquire an attorney.
“I think it’s worthwhile to take into consideration [Barroll’s] recommendation,” Herz said. “But I’d hate to shut the door on other candidates.”