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Columbia narrows list to replace retiring city attorney

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The City of Columbia is in the process of recruiting and selecting a new city attorney to replace Kenneth Gaines, who is retiring after 25 years with the city. 

Mr. Gaines was appointed as the City Attorney in February 2008. The position was posted on July 26, 2013 and again on November 1, 2013 and currently has a salary $141,452. 

There were 16 candidates who applied for the position and 8 candidates were first interviewed on April 8, 2014 at Earlewood Park. 

The list was narrowed down to four final candidates and they are as follows: 

Kelly Golden is a graduate of the USC School of Law and is currently practicing law with the Carolina Legal Associates.  Ms. Golden's experience has included managing her own law firm and has worked for Beaufort County Council, the SC Association of Counties and the SC State Ethics Commission.

Tina Herbert earned a Juris Doctor/Master's of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University.  Ms. Herbert is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Business Opportunities for the City of Columbia.  Ms. Herbert has worked for several private law firms and also worked in the Richland County Public Defender's Office as an Asst. Public Defender.

Teresa Knox is a graduate of the USC School of Law and is currently the owner and managing partner of the Knox Law Office.  Ms. Knox was formerly the General Counsel for the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for 11 years.  Ms. Knox has also worked for the SC Attorney General's Office as an Asst. Deputy Attorney General.

John Weaver is a graduate of the USC School of Law and is currently with the Thomas & Brittain law firm.  Mr. Weaver was previously the County Administrator and County Attorney for Horry County for the past 11 years.  He was also self-employed in private practice for over 20 years.

Columbia City Council planned to meet Tuesday at 11 a.m. to continue the next steps in the process. The city plans to release the name of the selected candidate shortly.

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