Longtime City Attorney Thomas McCormick Retires

News posted Sep. 29, 2017 - 10:30 am

Raleigh City Attorney Thomas McCormick is retiring effective Dec. 31. He has served as City Attorney for more than 40 years.

Mr. McCormick recently informed the City Council of his decision to retire. City Council members appoint the City Attorney. The City Attorney reports to the City Council and is responsible for providing legal advice to the Mayor and members of the City Council, City Manager, and to each of the City's departments. The City Council also assigns special projects to the City Attorney, such as the preparation of special ordinances. The City Attorney’s Office advocates on the City's behalf in federal and State Courts, the General Assembly, and before quasi-judicial bodies.

Mr. McCormick was appointed City Attorney in May 1977. Prior to that, he served as interim City Attorney.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane praised Mr. McCormick for his long service to Raleigh.

“On behalf of the City of Raleigh, I would like to congratulate Tom McCormick on his retirement and say thank you for his many faithful years of service to our City and community,” the mayor said. “Tom has been an integral part of the greatest periods of progress in Raleigh, providing legal guidance and advice to the City that helped us become recognized as one of the best places to live in the country. One of his recent successes includes helping to negotiate the City’s purchase of the Dix Park property from the State of North Carolina. Dix Park will arguably be one of the most important and iconic civic spaces in Raleigh and the state.”

The mayor added, “While it will be impossible not to feel the impact of Tom’s absence, his retirement is well earned and deserved. I wish him nothing but the best as he prepares for this next phase in his life.”

Mr. McCormick said he is looking forward to serving the community in other ways following his retirement.

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