NITRO, W.Va. -- After five years as the city attorney, Richie Robb was replaced by the city of Nitro.
Mayor Dave Casebolt introduced the new attorney, Johnnie Brown, of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe LLC, to the City Council Tuesday night.
Brown took over Feb. 1. Casebolt said the city attorney is under his discretion.
The agreement with Brown involves several items, including that either he or a senior associate attend every City Council meeting, address all issues that arise from the meetings, provide training on various employment issues and assist with drafting and updating city policies and ordinances.
"We appreciate everything that Mr. Robb did for us," said Casebolt. "He worked hard for us, he attended all the ordinance meetings, he was valuable to a lot of aspects, but we just feel that Johnnie offers us a lot more services."
Brown and his firm do require a higher fee than what was paid to Robb. Council unanimously approved a $500 increase to make the new monthly fee $3,000. Brown will also be paid $175 an hour for any issues not covered by the retainer.
Council also heard from Roland Meffert, a local chiropractor, about a citywide wellness initiative that would benefit all age groups.
Meffert presented a list of ideas, including a community-based discount card, a Nitro "Biggest Loser" competition and health fairs throughout the year.