Columbus, Saluda hire new attorneys
Published 10:00 pm Monday, February 20, 2017
COLUMBUS- The Town of Columbus and City of Saluda have new attorneys.
Columbus, Saluda and Tryon had attorney Bailey Nager until he announced his resignation to all three towns last year, and the towns have been searching for attorneys since.
Columbus hired attorney Lora T. Baker to replace Nager, while Saluda hired attorney Jana Berg.
Saluda City Council met Monday, Feb. 13 and approved the hiring of Berg. Columbus met Thursday, Feb. 16 and approved the hiring of Baker.
Baker agreed to a rate of $125 an hour to work for Columbus. Columbus Town Manager Tim Barth also said Baker will be able to get future increases as she gains experience. Columbus also agreed to pay for any necessary training and traveling expenses for Baker related to town business.
Baker works for Feagan Law Firm, PLLC.
Berg also serves as the Polk County Board of Commissioners’ attorney.
The Town of Tryon has not yet hired a new attorney. Tryon has advertised, but has not yet announced who will replace Nager. Tryon meets tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 21 for a 6 p.m. work session and a 7 p.m. regular meeting.
The Town of Columbus thanked Nager for his years of service with the town and presented him a recognition award for his service during last week’s meeting.
Columbus Mayor Eric McIntyre said he’s known Nager for a long time.
“He helped the town be successful,” said McIntyre. “You have been so good for us and helped us keep ourselves out of messes, so thank you so much.”
McIntyre also thanked Baker and welcomed her to the town.
Baker thanked commissioners for their vote.
Baker began employment with the town on Friday, Feb. 17.
Nager began as the Town of Tryon’s attorney in 2002, then joined Saluda as its attorney in 2003 and Columbus in 2006.