Niskayuna is looking for a new town attorney to fill a vacancy. Eric Dickson, who had served as town attorney since 1988, officially left his post Friday.
Dickson, 61, emphasized he will continue as an attorney in private practice.
“I enjoyed my time with the town,” Dickson said Wednesday. “The town is blessed with a wonderful staff and I made some wonderful friends over the years.”
Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry said he thanked Dickson for his service, and said that he’s always worked well with him.
The town has already begun the search for his replacement, with hope for an appointment in the next couple months, Landry said.
The Town Board hopes to expand the position into a more full-time focus, but keep the position at its budgeted level.
The town attorney is budgeted at just over $55,000, with two deputies budgeted at $25,000 and $20,000.
“We’re a pretty good size town, there’s a lot going on,” Landry said.
The town attorney post has been appointed for a two-year term.
The deputy town attorneys, Peter Scagnelli and Paul Briggs, will fill the gap during the search, Landry said. A town attorney also routinely attends board meetings as advisor.
As far as filling the post, Landry said they’re soliciting applications and speaking with people. Interviews are also expected.
He couldn’t put a deadline on filling the post. “We’re trying to do it as soon as possible.”
Dickson has served as town attorney while keeping his private practice. Dickson just last week won a $125,000 settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit.