Saratoga Springs City Attorney Joseph Scala is leaving City Hall to become general counsel for the new Beech-Nut plant in the Montgomery County town of Florida, officials said Monday.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson said Scala, who has been city attorney for more than five years, has agreed to a transition period before he leaves so that the city can find a replacement.
Johnson said Monday he is actively seeking candidates for the position.
In his newly created position at Beech-Nut, Scala will oversee the establishment of Beech-Nut’s in-house legal department and be responsible for all legal aspects of Beech-Nut’s operations, the company said in a statement.
He has practiced law for almost 30 years and will continue to serve his private practice clients through The Law Office of Joseph C. Scala, LLP.
Scala previously held counsel positions with the state Insurance Department and state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. In the late 1990s, he also served as a state assistant attorney general.
In addition to establishing his own Saratoga Springs-based law office, Scala also worked at several Capital Region law firms throughout his legal career.
“Joe brings a wealth of legal expertise from both the public and private sectors and is a great fit to serve as Beech-Nut’s first in-house general counsel,” Beech-Nut President Jeff Boutelle said in a prepared statement. “In this new role, Joe will collaborate with all aspects of our business operations in managing and executing our company’s legal needs.”
Scala holds a law degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., and a bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his family.
“I am very excited to join Beech-Nut and look forward to working with Jeff and the senior management team as the company continues to grow and gain market share,” said Scala.
In June 2010, Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. opened the new 650,000-square-foot infant food production facility. The $124 million construction cost included significant financial support by New York state.