City hires attorney
A city in the area has named its first in-house attorney.
The City of Wyoming said yesterday the Wyoming City Council unanimously voted to appoint Scott Smith to role of city attorney.
Smith will serve as the chief legal advisor to the city, responsible for providing legal services to the City Council, city manager, all departments and city boards and commissions.
Smith will begin his duties on July 1.
The City of Wyoming previously contracted with Jack Sluiter and his firm Sluiter, Van Gessel & Carlson, which will continue to do project work for the city. Sluiter has indicated his intention to slow down his practice as he prepares to retire.
“As Wyoming continues to grow and the nature of our work becomes more complex, we feel the time is right to bring legal services in-house,” Wyoming City Manager Curtis Holt said. “We have appreciated the fine work of Jack Sluiter and his legal team over the years. We look forward to building on that foundation and are delighted to welcome Scott to our team.”
Smith brings nearly four decades of municipal law experience, most recently with the firm Dickinson Wright.
He has worked with multiple public entities across Michigan, providing a range of counsel: municipal matters; joint emergency services; brownfield and downtown development; local development financing; utilities; tax increment financing; and district libraries.
Smith has been a part of several state legislative work groups, most recently serving on Lt. Gov. Brian Calley’s personal property tax legislative work group. He has also authored the state municipal partnership act, 2011 PA 258, as well as amendments to other state intergovernmental contract statutes, the state brownfield redevelopment financing act, 1996 PA 381, and state tax increment financing legislation, such as 2018 PA 57.
His community involvement includes serving in board capacities for Grandville Baptist Church, Wedgwood Christian Services, Lake Ann Camp and Freedom Baptist School.
He holds a B.S. from Wheaton College in Illinois and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.