City of Newton attorney passes away

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 2, 2013) – The City of Newton is mourning the loss of longtime attorney Larry Pitts, who passed away Wednesday.

City of Newton Mayor Anne Stedman said, “Larry was a fine man and an exceptional attorney. I respected his knowledge and wisdom and was confident that Newton was in capable hands under his watch. He will be sorely missed.”

“Larry was a very close friend,” Councilman Wayne Dellinger said. “When I say friend, I mean friend, because no matter whether we agreed or disagreed, we still remained friends.”

City Manager Todd Clark said, “The city was very fortunate to have someone as knowledgeable about municipal law as Larry, and his service and dedication to the City was unwavering.”

Clark said he will miss Pitts’ ability to bring clarity to many difficult issues, and, most of all, he will miss his friendship with Pitts.

Pitts was appointed as the city attorney on Jan. 3, 1989. A 1956 graduate of Newton-Conover High School, Pitts went on to obtain his bachelor’s of science from the United States Military Academy followed by his juris doctorate in 1967 from Wake Forest University.

Pitts was a vital part of the city’s administration, providing legal guidance to the city council and staff and working to save taxpayers’ money. He successfully defended the city in several lawsuits and worked closely with city staff to draft contracts that enabled the city to better meet the needs of its citizens.

His work in recent years with the council and city staff led to the construction of a new electric delivery station at Jacob Fork Park improving the reliability of the City’s electric system.  He also drafted contracts for water that solidified a partnership between the City of Newton, Energy United and the Towns of Taylorsville and Troutman.

For more than 20 years, Pitts was a champion of the City of Newton, working to ensure the longevity and prosperity of the city and its residents. Pitts legacy will continue to live through his accomplishments.