Long time Oregon Law Director Paul Goldberg and Prosecutor Tom Dugan are retiring next month after years of service.
Mayor Mike Seferian said at a meeting on Monday that plans call for the positions to be combined into one.
Both Goldberg and Dugan had announced their intention to retire several months ago, said Seferian, but had agreed to serve until after the November election.
“We thought it would be better if they could serve through the election. They were gracious enough to say ok and stayed longer than they had intended. We believe it really helped us out,” said Seferian.
He added that he and Administrator Mike Beazley have been thinking about how to proceed with filling the position, which would also assist in the human resources department.
“So it’s going to be kind of a three stage process,” said Seferian.
“News travels fairly quickly in the law environment,” continued Seferian. “We’ve had many people express an interest, we’ve already talked to many people, and we started the process. We need a very knowledgeable person if they’re covering all those aspects of the job, as well as someone seasoned in that field. We expect to bring in several vital candidates before council. We’ll get some input from Goldberg and Dugan and other judges to come up with the best possible person to fill that position.”
Goldberg, who was at the meeting, said he’s served nearly 23 years as law director.
“I’ve seen a lot come and go,” said Goldberg. “I know when the administrator, mayor and council choose a new law director, you’ll get someone who will do just fine, do a terrific job.”
Beazley praised Goldberg and Dugan for their years of service.
“There’s a real loss of long-term talent, about 60 years of local law practice between the two of them,” said Beazley. “Same thing is happening in Sylvania and Maumee. There’s about 100 years of local law director talent that’s leaving the court.”
Councilmen Jim Seaman and Terry Reeves called Goldberg a friend.
“I really admire Mr. Goldberg’s professionalism and support for the mayor, administration and council,” said Seaman. “At all times, Mr. Goldberg was concerned about the ramifications for the citizens. Basically, he gave a lot of good advice when I had questions, when I talked to him privately. Besides being a good professional, I look at him as a friend of mine, too. Thank you, Mr. Goldberg.”
Reeves also thanked Goldberg for his years of service to the city.
“I would like to thank our law director for his 23 years of service, to not only us but also to the citizens. Also, he’s a close, dear, personal friend. Thank you,” said Reeves.