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Langley selects new attorney and councilman

Dale Roundy and Robert Gilman are two of the newest faces the city of Langley will see in 2004.

Introduced at the Langley City Council meeting Wednesday, Roundy is a Coupeville resident, and one who outgoing attorney and administrator Lynn Hicks endorses.

“I think it’s a great choice for the city of Langley,” Hicks said in the meeting.

In an interview Thursday, Hicks said she and Roundy had worked together on the Island County Library Board. She said Roundy’s background and familiarity in local county and city governments make him a great match for the position.

“I think it’s a real good fit,” Hicks said.

Roundy has his own law practice in Coupeville, where he primarily concentrates on business, real estate, municipal law and estate planning. Roundy also represents the town of Coupeville, the Port of Coupeville and the Au Sable Institute.

The role of the attorney will also change, according to Hicks. She had previously held the job of attorney and administrator, but Roundy will not resume the administrator position.

“It will be a very different role than I played,” Hicks said.

Hicks said Roundy will be required to work considerably less hours than she had, and fill the city’s legal needs on an as needed basis.

“There won’t be a set amount of hours,” Hicks said.

According to incoming Mayor Neil Colburn, the administrator position will most likely be replaced with an administrative assistant position. He said the city does not need a full-time administrator, and hopes to save Langley money by changing the position slightly.

Roundy became interested in the position after the opening was advertised in local newspapers.

“I thought it would be a good thing to do, help a good community here on the island,” Roundy said. “I see myself fitting into the team.”

Roundy said he is enthusiastic to work with the city of Langley, and filling the city’s legal needs.

“I’m looking forward to it and honored by the selection,” said Roundy.

Colburn said Roundy fit all of his criteria, which includes municipal law experience and he was local candidate.

“He was the only one I interviewed,” Colburn said. “I really like the fact that he had experience dealing with issues that we have.”

Roundy lives in Coupeville with his wife, Suzanne. He has two children in college, Jessica, 22, and Brian, 20.

In other action, the Langley City Council appointed Robert Gilman to the Position 5 on the council. Gilman lives in Langley with his fiancee, Jo Rothenberg. His daughter, Celeste, is a senior at the University of Washington and his son, Ian, is employed in Hawaii.

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