JACKSON HOLE, WYO — The mayor and town council accepted the resignation of Audrey Cohen-Davis at the close of the regular Town Council meeting on Monday May 6.
Mayor Pete Muldoon commented, “I want to thank Audrey for her many years of dedicated service to the Town of Jackson and all of the work she’s put into the organization and all she has done over the years, it has meant a lot to the Town of Jackson.”
Cohen-Davis has served as the Town Attorney since August of 2006. She served under mayors Mark Barron, Sarah Flitner, and Pete Muldoon.
“It has been an extraordinary experience. I learned a lot. It’s been my great honor to work under three different, mayors and with such a great staff,” Cohen-Davis told Buckrail. “It’s been an insurmountable amount of work without much support, however. To serve the public and defends its rights tirelessly and effectively, well, the workload has been exhausting.”
Cohen-Davis added the time is right. Her family demands more attention now and it is where she needs to be focusing her time.
In recent years, more and more demand was put on the town’s legal department as electeds directed staff to explore national issues like LGBTQ nondiscrimination statutes, renter protections, and FCC regulations that remain unsettled even at the Supreme Court level.
Whether drafting a simple ordinance revision, filing or answering a suit on behalf of the town, or sifting through the latest federal case law opinions and decision, Cohen-Davis did it all admirably.
In terms of filling the position, town manager Larry Pardee said the town council will likely take some time to review the structure for legal services at the town before making any decisions on moving forward.
“Audrey’s accurate legal work is most appreciated, and the time she dedicated to public service for the Town of Jackson was very impressive,” Pardee added.
The mayor and council are expected to name an acting town attorney under a contract for services as an interim measure in the near future.
The position of Town Attorney reports directly to the Mayor and Council for the Town of Jackson and serves under an employment contract along with the Town Manager and Municipal Judge. The legal team at the Town of Jackson includes an Assistant Town Attorney (currently Lea Colasuonno) that provides prosecuting services for Municipal Court along with other staff level legal services for the Town and a Lead Legal Secretary.