Newton council selects Cilley as city attorney

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 10, 2013) – The Newton City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to appoint John Cilley IV as the city attorney.

   “It is really exciting for me to have been asked by this board and mayor to serve as city attorney for Newton, which of course is my hometown,” Cilley said. “Newton is a community that I have enjoyed living and growing in and becoming a part of the citizenry of a wonderful community such as ours.”

   Mayor Anne Stedman said, “I would like to welcome John Cilley, and I look forward to working beside him. I have confidence in his abilities and am glad that we have someone who is very familiar with Newton, having been born and raised here.”

   Cilley will have an initial monthly retainer of $2,000 plus an hourly fee of $150 for work performed beyond his attendance at regular, special or emergency called meetings of the council.

   Cilley’s appointment follows the Jan. 2 death of longtime City Attorney Larry Pitts, who had recommended the council appoint Cilley as his successor.

   “It is truly a deep honor for me to have been recommended for this position by former city attorney Larry Pitts, someone who is so deeply respected in our community,” Cilley said. “There is no one who can ever replace Larry Pitts for his ability and service to the City of Newton, but it is an honor for me to attempt to follow in his footsteps.”

   Cilley graduated from Newton-Conover High School in 1978. He earned a bachelor’s of science in foreign service in 1982 from Georgetown University. In 1985, he obtained his juris doctorate degree from Wake Forest University.

   Afterward, he returned to Newton and worked as an associate at Waddell, Mullinax and Childs. Currently, he is a partner at Corne and Cilley located in downtown Newton.

   In the 1990s and early 2000s, Cilley served, by appointment, for a dozen years on the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and for a decade as a trustee of the N.C. Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System and Local Government Employees Retirement System. He also served on the N.C. Board of Ethics.

   Cilley resides in the St. Stephens area with his wife Constance and their three children, Chloe, Harper and Emma. He is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.