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Monroeville Council approves hiring of new municipal solicitor

Emily Balser
| Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville's longtime solicitor, Bruce Dice & Associates, has resigned and was replaced Tuesday by Monroeville Council with the Law Office of Robert J. Wratcher.

Dice did not offer a specific reason for stepping down, Monroeville Manager Tim Little said. Dice had served as the municipality's solicitor for nearly 20 years.

Dice was not at Tuesday's meeting and did not immediately return calls for comment.

Council voted 4-3 for both Dice's resignation and Wratcher's hiring. Councilmen Steve Duncan, Jim Johns and Tom Wilson voted against each measure.

Wilson said he had not seen the letter of resignation.

Duncan said he had seen no documents related to the resignation and hiring, such as how much the municipality would pay Wratcher.

“I've seen nothing,” Duncan said.

When asked by a reporter, Little was unable to provide Wrachter's salary. He said Wratcher will not be under a contract; neither was Dice.

“They serve at the pleasure of the board and council,” Little said.

Duncan said he hopes Dice would reconsider the resignation and said he would be missed.

“His knowledge of municipal law is in my opinion second to none,” Duncan said.

Wratcher resigned as solicitor of the municipality's zoning hearing board to take the new position.

Mayor Greg Erosenko would not say publicly whether officials had considered other candidates.

Both decisions are retroactive to Feb. 3, when Little received Dice's letter of resignation.

Johns said Wratcher is a great attorney, but he's not sure how he will fit as solicitor of Monroeville.

“I'm not sure how savvy he is in municipal affairs,” Johns said.

Erosenko wished Dice luck and said he is looking forward to working with Wratcher.

“He will be missed,” Erosenko said of Dice.

Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at 412-871-2369 or ebalser@tribweb.com.

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