Council Approves Full Time Counsel
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - One of the state's biggest little cities takes another giant step. Lufkin's City Council Tuesday approved the hiring of a full time, in house City Attorney. In making the announcement, Mayor Jack Gorden said, "This is another indicator of Lufkin's progressive growth. From water rights, to economic development and new ordinances, the City is daily in need of legal counsel. For the past 41 years, Bob Flournoy has done an outstanding job filling those needs, but we now have more work than a 'contract' counsel can handle in addition to his other clients."
With Flournoy's blessing, the City has offered the full-time position to Flournoy's assistant, Bruce Green. Green, a former law professor and litigator, has spent the past two years learning the ropes as the Assistant City Attorney. Gorden adds, "Bruce has expertly handled everything from Municipal Court cases to very complicated issues that have come before the Planning and Zoning Commission. His extensive background and familiarity with the City make him the ideal candidate for the position of City Attorney."
Bruce Green attended grammar school at Redland and graduated high school in Tyler. In 2006, after successfully establishing a law school at Liberty University in Virginia and seeing it accredited, he and his wife Debra decided to move "home". Three of their four adult children and their families followed them to East Texas. Green is thrilled to be in position that allows him and his family to be part of this exciting period in Lufkin history.
What prepares Green for the position? He says, "Since there is no true specialty in municipal law my broad base of experience equips me to be Lufkin's City Attorney. I have been General Counsel for a number of major non-profit organizations, have represented municipalities when they've been sued, and have done extensive hiring, training and teaching in the legal field. I feel all of this and more prepares me to do serve the City of Lufkin and its residents."
For the past two years Green has worked extensively on City projects. He says, "I have been impressed with how well the Council, City Manager and Department heads work together to make things happen. Lufkin is poised to grow and expand and I look forward to being part of it."
Green will offiically start January 1st.