Jim Silver the City’s Law Director bid the City a fond farewell last week after nearly 26 years serving his hometown.
It’s always hard to have a colleague leave the team but we’re really happy for Jim and his family. Jim has been a integral part of the City’s leadership for many years and his calm demeanor and voice of reason was particularly valued during times of stress. Jim helped Kent navigate through some tough challenges which is why it’s great to see him able to retire at a time when Kent is enjoying a renaissance that he helped create.
Kent is Jim’s hometown and his care and concern for his community was always evident in his work. That’s a rare trait and I think the compliment that would mean the most to Jim is that his hometown is a better place because of him. That’s certainly something we all hope to achieve and I admire that Jim did it.
The City’s HR Manager is working on getting the vacant Law Director position advertised and we’re exploring options to handle the Law Director’s workload during the time it takes to hire a new Director. Our Assistant Law Director will likely pick up some duties and we’ll use outside counsel for any other specific legal needs that come up during the interim.
I would anticipate it will likely take a 60-90 days to go through the selection process and get a new person on board. Kent has a reputation as a professionally run City, a stable and progressive City Council, and a vibrant and active community so we’re hoping for a good amount of interest from strong candidates.
I may be biased but I think Kent has a lot to offer prospective candidates so I hope we attract some good ones.