There will soon be a new City Attorney on the job at Jackson City Hall. At their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Jackson City Council approved a contract for Matthew Hagerty to serve as the new City Attorney. Hagerty was the council’s top choice for the vacant position, beating out two other candidates who interviewed before the council at a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 25.
Hagerty is a graduate of Michigan State University and currently resides in Pinckney. He’s been working in law for the past 16 years in Livingston County, most recently as a Senior Attorney in private practice at Myers & Myers PPLC in Howell. Hagerty has previously served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Brighton, Township Legal Counsel for Putnam and Northfield townships and Associate Counsel for the Livingston County Road Commission.
The new City Attorney says he’s anticipating starting in January. “I appreciate the faith the City Council has placed in me. I look forward to helping shape the City of Jackson in a positive direction moving forward. Having previous experience in municipal law, this is a role I relish. I am excited to represent the City for years to come,” Hagerty said.
He will be leading the Jackson City Attorney’s Office, which is responsible for defending the City and its officials against lawsuits; reviewing City resolutions, ordinances, contracts, and real estate documents; defending the City in property tax cases; and responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, among other duties. Mayor Derek Dobies says he was impressed with Hagerty’s interview and qualifications. “I am looking forward to working with Matthew. We have a lot going on with the City that makes having a qualified City Attorney on hand a necessity, and I am certain that he will be a skilled advocate for our City,” Dobies said.
Hagerty’s first official day as City Attorney will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.