APA chairwoman Lani Ulrich announced yesterday that Jim Townsend will take the job at the end of this month.
Townsend is a former APA commissioner from Monroe County, who served on the Park Agency board for more than a decade.
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Ulrich says having Townsend back as general counsel will strengthen the Agency's staff, after a period when many top staffers have retired.
"His corporate knowledge and his background is going to be terrific," Ulrich said. "And he is so well known within this Park. He has great love for many of the cultural institutions."
Townsend is currently a member of the board of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and heads the Monroe County chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
“I am honored to serve as the Agency’s General Counsel, said Townsend, in a statement released by the APA.
"Since my departure from the Agency Board my passion for the Adirondacks has only increased. It is with a profound anticipation that I look forward to joining staff to work with all stakeholders to address the future of one of the world’s most remarkable places.”
Townsend will take the top counsel job at a time when the APA is facing a landmark lawsuit over its permits for the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake.