By Yustin Riopko
WAXHAW – Matthews Town Attorney Charles Buckley praised Waxhaw staff and leaders at a July 24 Waxhaw council meeting.
On top of his role with Matthews, Buckley has been filling in as a legal advisor in Waxhaw for over two months while the town looks for a permanent attorney.
“I have no idea how many days it’s been. I must be having fun though because it’s passed quickly,” Buckley told Waxhaw council members when they asked for his 60-day observation. “The first time I came, I thought ‘Gosh, this is just too cumbersome.’ But now that I’ve been here, I’ve fallen into the pattern of how you do things.”
A member of the law firm Cranford, Buckley, Schultze, Tomchin, Allen & Buie, P.A., Buckley has also served as assistant city attorney in Charlotte and interim town attorney in Huntersville.
Waxhaw parted ways with its former town attorney, Chaplin Spencer, in May as part of a decision to move away from a contracted partnership with law firm Spencer & Spencer, P.A., and open up a public position for town attorney. So far, the search hasn’t turned up the right lawyer.
“We’re seeing a lot of candidates who have experience in the field of law, but they don’t have the experience in municipal law, and specifically not in North Carolina,” Waxhaw Town Manager Greg Ferguson told his town council at a July 31 meeting. “They might have some experience with the community college, state university system or a hospital system; but it’s different from municipal law. The statutes that apply are different, and the daily practices, like real estate and zoning, are very different than what we were requesting.”
Buckley has agreed to continue filling in as Waxhaw’s interim town attorney for now, while the town continues its search for the right permanent candidate.