AIKEN --- Aiken County has its first full-time county attorney.
The county council hired Lawrence Brown last year to fill the position after Jim Holley resigned to work for state Comptroller Richard Eckstrom.
Brown's first day was Jan. 11.
In the past, the county attorney also worked in outside legal practice, said Assistant County Administrator Brian Sanders. Brown will be the first to have an office in the county complex, a county e-mail and serve solely as the county attorney.
Sanders said an extensive search considered many qualified applicants.
"We think it will be a huge advantage to have Mr. Brown here," Sanders said.
The Aiken attorney is a native of Kingstree, S.C. His interest in law grew from his family history in that field, he said.
"My father is a lawyer, so I kind of grew up in a law practice," Brown said.
He is a graduate of Clemson University and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina.
He moved to Aiken in 1989 to work in the solicitor's office.
In 2000, he got his first shot at providing legal counsel for the county, being hired as assistant county attorney under Robert Bell.
"I became familiar with county government, local government and state government," he said. "I also got to know some of the personnel and operations of the county."
Brown, 47, said he is grateful to have the opportunity to again work for the people of the county.
"I appreciate the council bringing me aboard," he said. "Right now, the county has a lot of things going on, and I'm looking forward to getting familiar with those matters and moving forward."
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