Larson Named New Corp. Counsel For Jamestown

Members of the Jamestown City Council during a recent meeting. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

The city of Jamestown will have a new attorney next month for the first time in 19 years.

On Monday, the Jamestown City Council approved appointing Peter Larson to be the new corporation counsel effective April 11. Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said Larson is an associate with Bly, Sheffield, Bargar & Pillittieri. He is also the son of city court judge Fred Larson. The mayor said Larson, who currently serves on the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, will have to vacate that position because he cannot be a member of a board and also provide legal advice as well.

As of Monday, Larson has been named the associate city corporation counsel until Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, current corporate counsel, leaves the position effective April 10.

Fiore-Lehman said she is going to work for the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney. She will continue working for the city on a part-time basis for the rest of the year.

Teresi said Larson will not be a full-time employee, but will be considered working three-fourths of the time for the city. He will continue to also be an associate with Bly, Sheffield, Bargar & Pillittieri during the rest of the year to fill out the rest of the term that will expire at the end of the year.

Marie Carrubba, council president, and Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, thanked Fiore-Lehman for her time working for the city. Teresi said Fiore-Lehman’s presence will be missed daily.

“She did a terrific job for us during trying times,” he said.

Teresi said not only is the corporate counsel the city’s attorney, but is also the head of human resources.