The new town attorney for Star Valley plans to use what he learned working under Payson Town Attorney Sam Streichman for his new job.
The town council hired Timothy Grier, a Star Valley resident with a law firm in Payson, last week on a part-time basis.
Grier graduated from the Arizona State University Law School in 2000 before going to work for the Gila County prosecutor's office.
He left the prosecutor's office to take a job as the deputy county attorney for the Town of Payson. He worked for Payson for 18 months, before going into private practice.
Grier said he is looking forward to practicing municipal law again. He will continue with his private practice because the Star Valley job is only part-time.
The new town attorney also has a business in the Forest Lakes community.
He said the Star Valley job is a challenge because it is a new town.
Grier said he likes the idea of forming a legal department from the ground up.
"If the council wishes, I would develop a legal department with the town of Star Valley," he said. "This is unique because Star Valley is a brand new town. It's a one-person show, and I am it."
He said he thinks there are a lot of inherent things that will need to be developed, mentioning a law library as one example.
Grier, who has lived in the Rim County for more than two decades, said his knowledge of the community can only be a benefit.
"It's exciting," he said. "Folks in Star Valley are excited about being a new town, and I get to be a part of it."
The old law firm that was representing the town was based in Phoenix, and Grier said he thinks it is important that the town attorney be nearby in case he is quickly needed.
"If you are a local boy, you know the issues," he said. "I have known the issues for decades."
He said he does not yet know the demands of the job or the number of hours he will be needed.
Grier said he will take direction from the town council and will try to follow its lead.
A major challenge will be working for a town that, for a time, has no manager.
He also will be involved in prosecuting misdemeanor cases that relate to town violations.
Grier said an accident is what led him to become an attorney.
In 1998, while working for the U.S. Forest Service, a work accident fractured his pelvis, right femur and both patellas.
He was airlifted to Scottsdale Osborn Healthcare with severe injuries.
Grier later realized he would not be able to resume his previous work duties because of the injuries he had suffered.
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