Audrey Cohen-Davis

Audrey Cohen-Davis is an attorney for the town of Jackson.

Town Attorney Audrey Cohen-Davis stepped down Monday, capping more than a decade at the head of Jackson’s legal department.

“It’s been an extraordinary experience, and I’ve grown as a lawyer,” she said. But sometimes, she added, “You need to exhale.”

She has held the position since 2006, serving under Mayors Mark Barron, Sarah Flitner and Pete Muldoon.

In a press release, Muldoon thanked Cohen-Davis “for her many years of dedicated service to the Town of Jackson and all the work she’s put into the organization.”

Town Manager Larry Pardee said in the press release that the council may rethink the structure of the town’s legal services before filling Cohen-Davis’ position. Elected officials will likely name an acting town attorney soon.

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.

She was a staff of one when she started. She is proud to have established a “well-respected, efficient legal department” of three attorneys. During her tenure, they handled work that ranged from defending the town against lawsuits to creating telecommunications regulations.

“It’s not easy to do, and there’s certainly been overtime,” she said. “The level of legal work that we’ve done, and the issues we’ve worked with, is not to be minimized.”

Cohen-Davis plans to enjoy a breather. Before joining the town, she practiced law privately for 12 years, but she’s not sure whether she’ll return to that. For now, she’s looking forward to plenty of newfound free time with her family.

“It’ll be weird, for sure,” she said. “But I’m excited.”

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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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