In the absence of a leader for Jackson’s legal affairs, officials have named Lea Colasuonno the interim town attorney.

Colasuonno, the assistant town attorney, will temporarily fill the post left vacant by the departure of Audrey Cohen-Davis, who resigned earlier this month after 13 years on the job. In the meantime, the Town Council will decide the next steps for the legal department.

“Lea is very qualified for this interim position,” Mayor Pete Muldoon said in a press release. “She has proven herself time and time again with her strong work ethic and dedication to public service.”

After graduating from George Washington University Law School, Colasuonno joined Jackson’s legal department in 2013. She has worked on projects from the town’s nondiscrimination ordinance and tenant protections to criminal issues and litigation.

“I am looking forward to continuing my work with the Town of Jackson and its policy makers, and welcome this opportunity to serve as interim town attorney,” she said in the town’s press release.

While in law school, Colasuonno provided legal services to low-income, minority seniors and worked in the Superfund, waste chemical and criminal enforcement divisions of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the press release. She has also published legal articles on various subjects regarding federal environmental law and policy.

Town Manager Larry Pardee said in the press release that the council may rethink the structure of the town’s legal services before filling the town attorney position.

For most of Jackson’s history, elected officials have contracted private attorneys to manage the town’s legal matters. Cohen-Davis was only the second town attorney, after Daniel Hesse, who served from 1995 to 2005.

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Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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