Petersburg taps Joseph Preston as new city attorney

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Joseph Preston will be Petersburg’s next city attorney. The move was approved by council members during a closed session meeting Friday afternoon.

Preston takes over for former city attorney Brian Telfair, who, along with former City Manager William Johnson, III, negotiated separation agreements with the city back in March.

Preston rose to the top of five candidates. He was favored by all but one council member, Brian Moore.

“I just didn’t feel that was best for the city. We made the vote. I will support the majority of council, ” Moore explained.

Specifically, Moore expressed concern over Preston’s lack of legal municipal experience.

8ec2c4a6f77d40368b7204e9f89b1291“That doesn’t preclude you from having any additional knowledge in how to institute those laws,” Petersburg Mayor Howard Myers argued .

According to an online biography, the Nebraska native comes with an extensive legal background including a stint as assistant commonwealth attorney.

“Attorney Preston is knowledgeable with respect to the legal system,” Myers added. “He is a member of the bar and of course resides here in Petersburg. He also has a business here in Petersburg.”

Preston will earn a salary of $139,500. His predecessor, Brian Telfair, earned $135,000.

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