Saline City Attorney Scott Smith officially resigned his position at Monday night’s city council meeting, citing a new job opportunity in West Michigan, as well as an expanding family as reasons behind the change.
“After 38 years of working for law firms serving communities throughout the state, I’m taking on a new challenge,” he said. “Last Monday evening, the Wyoming City Council approved a resolution appointing and employing me as city attorney beginning July 1.”
Wyoming is a southerly suburb of Grand Rapids.
Smith said in addition to his continuing work in the legal realm, he will be a very busy grandpa.
“This coincides with the birth of the triplets at the end of April for one of my sons and daughter-in-law,” he said. “The other one will be having their second child in another week or two, so I’ll have six grandkids under two (years-old).”
Upon resigning, Smith gave credit to the many men and women he has worked with over the years.
“I also want to say that whatever success I’ve had as an attorney is really due to a talented bunch of people with whom I’ve been privileged to work,” he said, listing a long roster of colleagues.
Mayor Brian Marl expressed his gratitude for Smith’s contributions to the City of Saline.
“We appreciate and are indebted to you for six years of stellar legal expertise and guidance,” he said. “I think one of your finest qualities, and you have many, is that you are a problem solver who thinks outside the box and is very focused on identifying solutions and I greatly appreciate that.”
Several council trustees also took time to personally thank Smith.
“I think that we have benefited greatly from your experience, but also from your patience with us,” Trustee Linda TerHaar said, highlighting his help in drafting the city’s non-discrimination policy.
Trustee Jack Ceo praised Smith’s ability to clarify complicated legal issues.
“I’ve appreciated your straight forward, very easy to understand advice,” he said, mentioning how Smith’s prowess and expediency as an attorney stands out among the many counselors he has interacted with over the years. “Good luck to you in the future.”
For the remainder of the calendar year, Smith said he will be able to continue to help, on a scaled back basis, clients he is currently involved with.
“The arraignment that Wyoming has agreed to is that is that I can continue to work with clients on problems at least through the end of this year, so that transitioning will occur” Smith said.
Marl said Saline’s contract with the firm Smith is associated with, Dickinson Wright, also lasts through the end of 2018, ahead of which renegotiations for a similar arrangement as to city attorney will take place.
“During this time of transition, I will be in touch, but I have no doubt that at least for the reminder of the calendar year we will continue to be very well served by the attorneys, the numerous attorneys, at Dickinson Wright,” he said.