Bowen reappointed as town cousel

Mar 5, 2014

Selectmen unanimously reappointed attorney Richard Bowen as town counsel for one year at Tuesday night's meeting.

"He's doing a good job," Selectman Steve Holmes said. "He's saved this town a lot more than he makes."

Selectmen noted that some committees in town are allowed to use independent counsel under state law, but they all choose to use Bowen's services, which is another way he's saving the town money.

"Every dime they spend on [outside counsel] , we can't spend on benefits or goods for the town," Holmes said

Selectman Alan Slavin said Bowen helps keep emotions in check when discussions can get heated at a meeting.

"Sometimes you can say something which seems innocuous but all of a sudden you're in a lawsuit, so I thank Mr. Bowen for keeping us on our feet," he said.

Selectman Judith Whiteside said, "I assure the public you are saving us a lot of money by preventative and cooperative action on any litigation."

Bowen has been doing legal work for the town of Wareham since 1989 and has served as Town Counsel since 2007

"It's been a privilege to sit and work with each one of you and the town administrator. I very much enjoy going to town hall, office hours and coming to your meetings," Bowen said. "I want to thank the board very much for it's vote of confidence."