Canton hires new town attorney

By DeeAnna Haney | May 19, 2014
Source: William C. Morgan of Brough Law Firm in Asheville will be the new attorney representing the Town of Canton.

CANTON — The Canton board of aldermen recently selected a new town attorney following the retirement of longtime attorney Walter Clark.

The board voted unanimously to hire William C. Morgan of the Brough Law Firm in Asheville for the position, which has been advertised since January. Only three attorneys applied for the position, one of whom was from Haywood County.

Clark, 90, officially retired at the beginning of the year, but agreed to continue attending board meetings and advising the town until the board was able to hire his replacement. He retired after 59 years working for the town.

Morgan, who holds a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has 23 years of experience in municipal defense and land use and zoning matters and currently serves as the general counsel for Siler City and Taylortown. He has provided legal services for multiple western North Carolina municipalities including the city of Asheville and town of Black Mountain.

"I love the practice of local government law and have dedicated my career to it," Morgan said. "I look forward to serving the Town of Canton with the utmost professionalism and efficiency."

Mayor Mike Ray is pleased with Morgan's experience.

"As Canton moves down the exciting path of renewal, we will need strong legal guidance from someone who knows how to navigate the plethora of challenges that municipalities face as well as seize new opportunities. Mr. Morgan brings the experience Canton needs," Ray said.

In addition to his experience, the board was also impressed that Morgan has the support of additional attorneys from Brough's main office in Chapel Hill for large and complicated cases that may arise. Morgan practices primarily out of the firm's Asheville office.

Morgan will begin representing the town during the next board of aldermen meeting Thursday, May 22. His annual contract will be $12,000.