PLYMOUTH — City attorney Nelson Chipman resigned Tuesday, after working for the city of Plymouth for the last four years.
His resignation will come into effect at the close of business Feb. 29. Chipman said that the decision to leave his position was difficult, but he felt that the time was right as the city is in a solid financial and managerial position.
Mayor Mark Senter said that a search for the new city attorney has already begun.
“Nelson began discussing with me even before the election about possible opportunities to focus his career in public service in a new direction,” said Senter. “Although I hate to see him leave, I support him in his decision as he has supported me these last several years. I will call upon his expertise to assist in identifying potential candidates, and to manage a smooth transition.”
Marshall County Prosecuting Attorney David R. Holmes announced the appointment of Chipman as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, effective March 1.
Chipman has been a full-time municipal lawyer for the last 12 years; and before that was in the private practice of law in partnership with his father.
Chipman was a public defender for several years, and was a deputy prosecuting attorney for over seven years from 1987 to 1994.
In accepting the appointment, Chipman said, “This was a once in a career opportunity to return to my first love in the law. Throughout my college and graduate school years I majored in criminology with a desire to make a positive difference in the vast field of criminal justice. Trial work in the Prosecutor’s Office allows me the chance to again pursue that passion.”