Jan 26, 2014

Eric Brand brings 34 years of municipal law experience to city

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – For nearly 100 years only a handful of persons have held the title of Greenville City Law Director with Paul Younker and Jeff Amick each holding the position for over 30 years. In between the two were Jerome Goubeaux, Lee Bixler and Gary Brown. Following Amick’s decision to leave the post the city welcomed Camille Baker. Late in 2013 Baker submitted her resignation to the Greenville City Council opening the door for the city’s newest law director, Eric Brand.

For Brand, this position has been something he has wanted to do for almost as long as he has been an attorney. He was born and raised in Greenville and graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1971. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. By the fall of 1978 he had passed the bar and was practicing law locally. Two years later he began practicing municipal law.

Municipal law is an area that Brand has been steadily increasing in his practice. Over the past 34 years he has served as solicitor for numerous villages and organizations in the county. Villages that have relied on his services include New Weston, Rossburg, Hollansburg, Palestine, Ithaca, Castine, Pitsburg and Arcanum. He has also assisted the Arcanum Rescue Board, Greenville Township Rescue and the Darke County Agricultural Society.

Brand doesn’t see a big difference in the services he has offered the villages to what he will bring to the city. All of them run under a statutory government. With a larger population and a larger government, he believes the major difference from the villages to the city will be an increase in the amount of work he will be handling.

To help handle the additional work load, Brand will be bringing help in the form of his partner, Mark Heggie, and associate, Nicole Pohlman. He has discussed it with both and plans to divide the labor, which could ultimately save the city money. In the past, the city has outsourced some of its need for legal services. He also believes this partnership will mean the city gets more immediate service.

Baker had an office in the city building, but Brand intends to follow the example of Amick and practice from his current office on South Broadway.

Eric Brand receives the oath of office from Judge Jonathan Hein.

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