MERIDEN — After 16 years of handling the city’s labor contracts and litigation, associate city attorney Jack Gorman has announced he will be retiring in September.
“What I really loved was being part of a team running a city,” said Gorman, 63. “It’s 24/7, 365 days a year. It never closes.”
Gorman now earns $109,982 a year. His last day will be Sept. 28.
After 15 years as a lawyer in private practice, Gorman began working as the city’s associate attorney in 2002. He has primarily handled union grievances and other labor issues, including litigation.
Corporation Counsel Michael Quinn, who heads the city’s legal department, said Gorman has made substantial contributions to the city.
“It’s a big loss,” Quinn said. “He is a great asset to the department and has performed above and beyond everything he’s been asked to do.”
Acting City Manager Ken Morgan said the city plans to post Gorman’s position in the next two weeks and will be seeking a licensed attorney with labor experience. A salary survey is planned to determine the pay rate for the new hire, Morgan said.
Gorman, who lives in Waterbury, said he plans to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he hopes to get involved in financial planning for working families.
“It’s time for me to move on to other things,” Gorman said.