Selectmen narrow town counsel search to five firms

The Board of Selectmen has narrowed down its search for a new town counsel to five firms that were among those that responded to a request for proposals issued June 13.

The firms selected for interviews are Cohen and Wolf, Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey, Berchem, Moses & Devlin, Pullman & Comley, and Owens, Schine & Nicola. The Board of Selectmen made the announcement at its meeting Oct. 4 at town hall.

Ken Bernard of Cohen and Wolf is the current town counsel. The appointment came up for renewal and the selectmen wanted to look into it on a competitive level.

Five firms and two individuals responded to the town’s request for proposals.

“We ran advertisements in the Connecticut Law Tribune and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, which has a subsection for municipal attorneys, from June 20 to June 27,” David Clune told fellow selectmen during their July 5 meeting.

Clune said the goal is for the Board of Selectmen to be in the position to say which firm or individual it would like to have appointed to town counsel at its Oct. 17 meeting. That may take a little longer.

“We would then have 30 days to get an actual retainer/contract in place,” said Clune.