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Aug. 2 – Brooks Stillwell Announces Publicly that he is Retiring as City Atty. as of Dec. 1

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 2, 2018 – Saying that he had spoken to each member of the Savannah City Council individually in advance, City Atty. Brooks Stillwell announced publicly this morning, at the conclusion of the Council’s work session, that he will be retiring as City Attorney as of Dec.1.  He added that he will continue to practice law, locally.

“I want to slow down.  I’ve figured out that I’ve working in public service for 44 years, since I was first elected to the Council at 28 years of age,” said Stillwell, who was previously a partner of HunterMaclean, the city’s largest private law firm. 

Stillwell was named City Attorney in January 2012, in the first months of Mayor Edna Jackson’s new term in office.  He had been active in fundraising efforts in her campaign.  When Mayor Eddie DeLoach defeated Jackson in the 2015 municipal election, DeLoach continued to support Stillwell in the position.   

Stillwell's tenure has not been without controversy.He is not a litigator, requiring the city to invest heavily in outsourcing to other legal firms in many of the city's legal cases, and to employ a professional staff of assistant city attorneys to go to court even in less specialized legal matters. 

But, he has been a fixture of the Savannah legal communities for many years, a resident of Ardsley Park, and has severed on many non-profit boards over the years.  At HunterMclean, he ran to business operation of a practice which at one time had 200 attorneys, and is the city's largest firm. 

“I wanted to let the Council know that I will be slowing down, and taking a little time for myself as Dec. 1,” Stillwell added. 

He has maintained a private practice, concentrating in commercial real estate development, economic development, resolution of business disputes, and problem loan workouts, according to his LInkedin profile, while serving as City Attorney.

There was no public discussion about how to proceed in replacing him. 

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