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laporte names new city attorney

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 15:27 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

LaPorte has replaced its city attorney who recently left to rejoin former mayor Blair Milo in her position on the governor's cabinet.

Nick Otis, 34, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Valparaiso University School of Law and since 2008 has been with legal firm of Newby Lewis Kaminsky and Jones in LaPorte.

The LaPorte native is the son of Joe Otis formerly the boys high school varsity basketball coach in LaPorte and Valparaiso.

Mayor Mark Krentz, who made the appointment, said he thought of Otis almost right away for the opening.

''He's professional, polished and represents a good firm,'' said Krentz.

Otis said he will rely on his legal partners whenever he needs help addressing a legal issue.

''They're getting the benefit of our entire firm. Not just me,'' said Otis.

Rebecca Meyer McCuaig resigned as city attorney October 27 to become chief counsel and director of solutions for Milo, the state's first ever secretary of career connection & talent since August 14.

McCuaig, a 2007 graduate of the Valparaiso School, had been the city attorney since 2013.

The now 34-year old Milo was the city's youngest mayor when elected in 2011.

Krentz was appointed three days before Milo left to fill remainder of the more than two years left on her term.

Otis said his firm has no prior experience in municipal law but has vast legal experience in public education.

Currently, the firm in existence for over a century represents school corporations at LaPorte, Westville, South Central and New Prairie.