Gibsonville board hires Giles as town attorney

Gibsonville’s board of aldermen this week hired its new town attorney, Robert “Bob” Giles, filling the vacancy left at the end of 2020 by the town’s former attorney of three decades, Doug Hoy.

The sole applicant for the position — town manager Ben Baxley sent out requests for qualifications to 15 area attorneys — Giles was interviewed on February 15 by the board in a 10-minute closed session.

This week, alderman Ken Pleasants motioned to hire the Graham-based attorney, with mayor pro tem Mark Shepherd offering a second and the board giving its unanimous approval.

Giles will be paid a rate of $160 per hour, with a paralegal rate of $80 per hour.

In his application for the position, the attorney noted that he has been practicing law since 2002 and has a “high level of experience” in municipal law from providing services to the towns of Elon and Ossipee in the past. That experience includes advising governing boards on personnel and employment issues, nuisance issues, challenges to town ordinances and rulings, and taking cases to court on behalf of the towns.

Following his hiring Monday night, Giles told the board, “I look forward to working with the town of Gibsonville for many years.”

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