Avon appointed a new interim town attorney during a special Town Council meeting on Zoom on Dec. 19. Nina Wilson, founder and partner of local government law firm Wilson Williams Fellman Dittman LLP, will use her experience with land use law to tackle Avon’s upcoming projects.
“My background is a lot of land use, zoning, housing, affordable housing,” Williams said in an interview with the Vail Daily. She began her career representing developers in New York, has served as counsel to the city of Salida for several years, and is excited to work with Avon staff and Town Council.
“They do a good job of being a community that seems to address head-on the issues that it’s facing,” Williams said of Avon.
Earlier this fall, the previous town attorney, Karl Hanlon, of Karp, Neu, Hanlon, let town staff know that he would be stepping away from the position.
Town Manager Eric Heil, Avon Mayor Amy Phillips and Mayor pro tem Tamra Underwood conducted the search for the new town attorney. The three researched and interviewed candidates from law firms that specialize in local government law on the Western Slope, looking specifically for attorneys with experience in land use law and development agreements.
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Heil and Underwood were particularly suited to conduct the search: Both are attorneys themselves, and prior to becoming town manager, Heil served as Avon’s town attorney.
In the Dec. 19 council meeting, Heil said that they “had some familiarity and found those that would be good candidates fairly quickly.” Among the potential options, “Nina Williams stood out in that group, and