New City Attorney Named - Colin K. McNeil, Esq.

 New City Attorney Named - Colin K. McNeil, Esq.

The City of South Burlington is pleased to announce that Colin K. McNeil, Esq. has been hired as the South Burlington City Attorney.  Colin knows South Burlington well having worked with the City over the past several years, representing the City Council and Development Review Board as conflict counsel and on special projects.   The City Council will consider his official appointment as City Attorney at its next regular meeting on September 7.

“After a very competitive application process, Colin quickly became our top candidate.  His municipal law expertise, familiarity with Vermont statutes, ethical nature, and belief in service made him the obvious choice to be the next City Attorney for South Burlington.  I’m excited for the Council to consider his appointment and for him to join our team!”

            – Jessie Baker, City Manager 

Colin comes to us from McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, P.C., a Burlington law firm specializing in representing municipalities, school districts and other government entities as general counsel, civil defense counsel, and in the areas of employment and labor relations law.  During his nearly 13 years with the firm, Colin represented many municipal clients, such as the City of Burlington, City of St. Albans, Town of Williston, and the Town of Essex. Most recently, Colin’s practice has centered around serving as general counsel and labor/employment counsel to municipalities, school districts, including South Burlington and Burlington School Districts, and other entities such as the State of Vermont and the Howard Center.  

“I am thrilled to welcome yet another all-star to our all-star team of municipal experts.  Having worked with Colin both as City Attorney, and as an associate at McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan, where he served as a mentor, I am confident the City is adding an individual of the highest-character who will bring incredible value to our community and leadership team.”

– Deputy City Manager, Andrew Bolduc

Colin firmly believes in public service.  While living in Burlington, Colin served as a Deputy State’s Attorney for the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office as the lead drug prosecutor for the County.  He has also served on Burlington’s Planning Commission and has been the Burlington Ward 6 Ward Clerk since 2016, overseeing many smooth and fair elections.  Colin lives with his wife and two sons in Burlington and enjoys coaching baseball and basketball.

“I am very honored and excited to be the next South Burlington City Attorney.  The City appears in all respects to be providing outstanding services to the residents of South Burlington and I look forward to being a part of that excellent tradition, working with the City leadership team and City employees, and serving the residents of South Burlington to the best of my ability.”

– Colin McNeil