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MCKINNEY RETIRES 6-15-11 LMS

The June 15 Salmon City Council meeting featured several beginnings; the beginning of service on the council for Ken Hill, the appointment of Fred Snook Jr. as the new City Attorney and the beginning of retirement for soon to be former City Attorney John McKinney.

Attorney McKinney has served as the city’s legal counsel for the past 19 years. McKinney is retiring from his law practice and at the end of June McKinney will officially retire from the job of City Attorney.

The June 15 meeting of the Salmon City Council was McKinney’s last official council meeting. He was thanked for his service by Mayor Leo Marshall, Salmon resident Bob Wiederrick and City Planner Dan Maiyo.

Maiyo thanked and commended McKinney for his work, professionalism, wise legal counsel and his integrity. Maiyo said McKinney has been an excellent representative of his profession.

Wiederrick thanked McKinney for the many years of counsel, legal information and the help he has provided to community residents in many, many ways. “What you don’t know about John is that he never charged a dime …in 32 years! Thank you very much and thank you for your services.”

In commenting on his 40 year career McKinney said he has taken great pride and pleasure in serving the city of Salmon for the past 19 years. He said things done by the city affect not only city residents but those who live in the county. Over a 19 year time span McKinney has seen many councilmen, city administrators and mayors come and go. “I’ve never met one yet that didn’t have the public interest in mind.” He said there have been occasional side tracks towards personal agendas but basically the people with whom he has worked have been very commendable. He said he has enjoyed the work very much and he thanked the city and the council.

As to the matter of a successor, Mayor Marshall proposed that Attorney Fred Snook Jr. become the new City Attorney and the council unanimously agreed.

Marshall closed the council meeting with the presentation of a plaque of appreciation to McKinney. After the meeting was officially adjourned there was cake for all in attendance since that day not only marked McKinney’s retirement from bi-monthly City Council meetings it was also, appropriately enough, his birthday.


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