Longtime Rome attorney Wade Hoyt III has stepped down from representing Floyd County government, citing personal reasons. County Commission Chairman Scotty Hancock made an announcement about Hoyt at the start of Tuesday evening’s meeting. It was preceded by a note to county personnel about a change and directed legal affairs to Virginia B. Harman of McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe.
Reached Tuesday night, Hancock said Hoyt “did a good job for us… he always represented us well (in legal matters) … he saved us a lot of money.” Hoyt’s resignation came on his “own free will,” said Hancock.
During the meeting, Hancock acknowledged the commission had gone into a closed meeting during the caucus to discuss personnel and real estate issues as is permitted by the state’s Open Meeting Law.
Hoyt previously had represented the county government and returned to the position five years ago.
Harman will serve as interim county attorney while a search for a permanent replacement continues. Hancock says he hopes to have a replacement named soon.
Harman is very familiar with county government as she and some of her firm colleagues previously served in that capacity.