It’s been more than 40 years since Fort Mill leaders appointed a new town attorney, and it’ll be longer still before they take the job outside the family.
Attorney Bayles Mack, who took the town job in 1969, stepped down last Monday night with the appointment of his son Barry to succeed him. Both attorneys are part of Mack & Mack Attorneys at Law in Fort Mill.
“The town of Fort Mill has enjoyed working with Bayles Mack as he served in the capacity of town attorney,” Mayor Danny Funderburk said at the Nov. 11 meeting. “For over 40 years his hard work and dedication have been an asset to the town of Fort Mill. We wish him the best as he enjoys a well-deserved retirement.”
Council members thanked the elder Mack for his service as they welcomed their new attorney. Bayles Mack credited current and past mayors and councils with making Fort Mill “a really good place for people to live,” and said he hopes he’s been a part of that success. The native Fort Mill resident was recognized in 1999 as the town’s Citizen of the Year, and said though he’s moved from the area a time or two he’s always come home.
“I might not be the smartest guy in the world,” he said, “but I am the most loyal.”
Barry Mack began with the firm started by his father and grandfather – founded in 1960 – in 1985. According to information from the firm, Barry Mack has been active in the Fort Mill area, including board positions with groups like Nation Ford Land Trust and the Fort Mill Historic Review Board. His work includes residential and commercial real estate law and planning/probate. He also works in civil litigation and business incorporation.
“I am honored that town council has allowed me to serve in this role and I look forward to working with them over the next few years,” Barry Mack said.
Kimberly Starnes, spokeswoman for the town, said the new town attorney’s work in town set him apart from other candidates.
“Town council took proposals from several candidates before selecting Barry Mack as the new town attorney,” she said. “After reviewing the proposals, Mr. Mack was chosen as the best candidate due to his experience and knowledge of the town of Fort Mill.”
Council members also set two-year terms for the positions of municipal and associate judge. At its Oct. 28 meeting, council members voted to offer Lisa Collins the municipal judge position and David Wood the associate judge. Council members also voted to have judges and the town attorney report directly to the town manager, rather than the council.
At last week’s meeting, Funderburk swore in Collins to her post.
“She comes very highly recommended, and we thoroughly vetted her,” Funderburk said. “I guarantee we got the best judge possible.”
Collins is a former longtime York County assistant solicitor. Wood is a magistrate court judge in Fort Mill and the municipal court judge in Tega Cay.