Mayor Ann Bradshaw announced Wednesday afternoon that current City Attorney Eric Wyndham has submitted a notice of resignation, effective Oct. 12, to become a full-time staff attorney with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
"I had been informed about potential openings, completed the interviews and was offered the job back in August," Wyndham said. "The opportunity came up and at this stage in my life, I just could not pass it up."
Wyndham has spent more than 15 years as the city attorney under four mayors. He held the position for three years in the 1980s under former Mayor Dave Hunter, the entire 12-year term of Kenny Crabb from 1992-2003 and returned to the position in Jan. 2007 under Tom Arthur and now current Mayor Bradshaw.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience serving four different mayors," Wyndham said. "I also opened up my own practice in 1983 and it has been great practicing law in Clay County and the Wabash Valley."
Over the years, Wyndham has also served as city attorney for Clay City and is currently holding the position for the Town of Knightsville.
"I've worked with Eric for a long time, been through the good and the bad in this city, and I have truly enjoyed working with him," Bradshaw said.
Starting on Oct. 15, Bob Pell will become the new attorney for the City of Brazil.
Pell served as Clay County Circuit Court Judge from March 2005-Dec. 2006 and is currently working as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Vigo County Prosecutor's Office under Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt.
Pell, who spent 14 years in the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, also had his own private practice in Clay County for more than 21 years.
"I am really looking forward to coming back to Brazil as the city attorney," Pell said, who received the first-ever Service of Distinction Award from the Clay County Commissioners for his body of work in the community on Dec. 29, 2006.
"I am a Clay County guy and I am excited to work here primarily again, as well as re-opening my private practice."
For Wyndham, choosing to conquer new endeavors was a difficult decision.
"The most difficult parts of taking this position is leaving while working for Ann, and leaving my secretary, Shannon, who has been great to work with," Wyndham said.
Many changes have occurred in the city since Bradshaw became mayor in June, but she hopes for the best for Wyndham.
"Eric has been a great attorney to Brazil to have," Bradshaw said. "We are going to miss him, but I wish him and his family well."