Mathews hires new county attorney

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 15, 2019 - 02:56 PM

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with a new county attorney following a closed session held on Wednesday, May 8.

The board voted to offer the position to Andrea G. Erard of Richmond. The agreement will be fundamentally the same as the one the county had with former County Attorney Daniel Stuck, who resigned at the end of April by mutual agreement with the board, said County Administrator Mindy Conner. Erard’s monthly retainer will be $4,000, based on 20 hours a month of work.

Erard’s letter of interest and resume state that she has over 25 years of experience as a local government attorney and teaches local government law at the University of Richmond Law School. She said she is a solo practitioner and an experienced litigator who has been to Mathews on occasion for court hearings. She is a graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and holds a master’s degree in secondary English education from New York University and a bachelor of arts from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg.

During brief discussion following the meeting, as recorded on the county website, supervisor Amy Dubois emphasized that the agreement talks about the chairman of the board having weekly communication with the county attorney. She said the agreement also says that the chairman will keep the remainder of the board “abreast of relevant content related to those conversations.”

Dubois asked board chairman G.C. Morrow if he was comfortable with that part of the agreement, since it was different from the previous agreement, or if he wanted to renegotiate that portion. Morrow expressed wholehearted support of that part of the agreement.