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Crystal Falls hires new attorney

CRYSTAL FALLS—At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Nov. 11, the Crystal Falls City Council hired Daryl Waters as its new attorney.
    At the October meeting of the council, Geoffrey Lawrence announced his departure from the position after 21 years of service. This was the latest in a line of high-profile city officials who have left their positions this year, a list that includes former Councilor Adam Schiavo and former Mayor David Sherby.
    Waters said he found out about the opening from Lawrence, the matter having come up between the two through normal interaction, as Waters was renting space from Lawrence’s office. He had also seen postings for the position, as well.
    As this was the last meeting of the council with Lawrence present, he made some comments before it was adjourned. He said he would help Waters out if needed, and he also thanked the council, saying that it had been a pleasure serving in this capacity since 1998. He also reminisced about several events he had navigate the city through, ranging from sewer projects to Open Meetings Act lawsuits.
    On his way out, Lawrence presented the council with a five-minute cooking hourglass. He paired the delivery of the item with a remark about letting locals speak their five minutes during public comment, while suggesting those on the board remain composed during that period, regardless of the level of hostility expressed by the resident speaking. The board, for their part, took time during the meeting to approve a Resolution of Appreciation for Lawrence.
    Before this parting act, the board discussed the precise nature of Waters’ employment shortly before his unanimous approval by the board. Reading a prepared statement from Waters, Mayor Mike McCarthy said that Waters was under the understanding that the city was interested in hourly pay rates, as opposed to a monthly retainer fee. Waters offered his services to the city at $100 an hour for attorney work, and $40 an hour for paralegal tasks.

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