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Monday, February 8, 2010

Macon County Commissioners Eliminate County Attorney as a Full Time Position, Cite Economic Conditions as Reason

**Update** I am having trouble getting the video to encode to flash on Blip TV, so click this link to watch the video of the February 8, 2010 meeting of the Macon County Commissioners.

Macon County Commissioners Photo Credit: Bobby Coggins

At the regular meeting of the Macon County Commissioners Monday night, the Commissioners voted unanimously to eliminate the position of County Attorney as a full time position and accepted Lesley Moxley's resignation. Moxley had been the Attorney for Macon County since 2006, when Rick Moorefield accepted a position with Cumberland County.

Moxley has served as the attorney for Macon County attorney since 2006. Before that, she spent more than six years as the attorney for Moore County and three years as the assistant county attorney in Durham County.
Moxley received her law degree from Wake Forest University in 1986. She is a member of the N.C. Bar Association, the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys and the American Bar Association. She was appointed to the NCBA's Commission on the Status of Women in 1991 and has been active in several other NCBA committees.
Moxley has also held leadership positions in the NCAWA, including two terms as treasurer and one as vice president. She has also been on the board of directors for the N.C. Legal Education Assistance Foundation for 10 years.

Ronnie Beale, Chairman of the Macon County County Commissioners, expressed his appreciation for the board and the citizens of Macon County to Lesley Moxley, who was not present, for her services to the County.

He stated that financial considerations were the driving force behind the decision and that it would save the county money to purchase legal services from an attorney at an hourly rate as needed. (County Manager Jack Horton estimated that the number of hours would probably be around 40 hours per month).

The County Commisioners decided to retain the services of Chester M Jones on an interim basis until a more permanent arrangement could be made.

Chester Jones had previously practiced law with the firm of Jones, Key, Melvin & Patton, P.A., in franklin, NC for 24 years and has had a solo pratice since November 2007. He is currently (according to his website) the county Attorney for Clay County, and has served in that position since 2005. Before that, he was the County Attorney for Graham County from 1994 to 2004.


Oxford Collage of Emory University (A.A., 1979):
Emory University (B.B.A., With Highest Distinction, 1980);
Wake Forest University, (J.D., 1983).