New county attorney takes dais at meeting
By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Retiring county attorney Alan Polackwich was recognized last week for his contributions to the county on the same day his successor took his new seat on the dais in the Indian River County Commission Chambers.
Mr. Polackwich announced his decision to retire early this year to the surprise of many, giving the county commissioners through the summertime to find his replacement and provide some training.
Dylan Reingold, recently of Jacksonville, was chosen to be county attorney and has worked for the past several weeks with Mr. Polackwich, learning the ropes and familiarizing himself with the issues and cases facing Indian River County.
During the July 9 meeting, the county commissioners all praised Mr. Polackwich for what he was able to accomplish in the three and one-half years serving the county.
One of the major accomplishments they noted were the changes to how the county view contracts with employees, including the contract negotiated for Mr. Polackwich himself.
Commissioner Wesley Davis said Mr. Polackwich led by example in developing contracts that were essentially, "work or be fired."
Severance packages are now a thing of the past except in special circumstances, thanks to work by Mr. Polackwich.
Mr. Polackwich was also credited with pruning the "dead wood" in county ordinances, and accomplishing a high volume of work with shrinking staff.
"I never worried about what was going on in the legal department," Commissioner Bob Solari said.
"When I came here, I had hair, and you guys have pretty much changed me forever, so thank you very much," said a now bald Mr. Polackwich.
"Poor Dylan has an extremely high bar he has to meet or exceed to fill your footsteps," Commissioner Peter O'Bryan said to Mr. Polackwich.
Mr. Reingold said he was grateful for Mr. Polackwich's instruction and looked forward to working in the county.
Mr. Reingold was previously the head of the land use and environmental law department in the office of general council in Jacksonville.
His annual salary will be $140,000 with 15 days of vacation.
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