Friday, October 28, 2011

Roanoke city attorney wins prestigious Edward J. Finnegan Award

William Hackworth

ROANOKE, VA – William M. “Bill” Hackworth, City Attorney for the City of Roanoke, has been named the 2011 winner of the prestigious Edward J. Finnegan Award from the Local Government Attorneys (LGA) of Virginia Inc. The award is presented to an individual in the Commonwealth of Virginia who has made significant contributions to local government or the LGA.

Hackworth began his career in local government in 1978 when he joined the Roanoke City Attorney’s Office as an Assistant City Attorney. After 10 years with the city, he accepted the position of County Attorney for York County, Va. In 1999, he returned to Roanoke to accept the position of City Attorney.

In serving the Roanoke community, Hackworth’s career has had many highlights. Among these, he was instrumental in the city’s adoption of entirely new zoning and subdivision codes. He shepherded the city’s public safety agencies through obtaining an accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., something few localities in the Commonwealth have achieved. He was instrumental in the city’s establishment of conservation easements covering more then 17,300 acres of land, including Carvins Cove and Mill Mountain. Most recently, his legal expertise also supported the renovation of the City Market Building, a project involving complex contractual and financing issues.

First established in 1991, the Finnegan Award was given its current name in 1993 to honor the legal career of Edward J. Finnegan, who died that year. Mr. Finnegan was a longtime member of LGA and the recipient of the award in 1992.

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Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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Jack Mcguire

October 28th, 2011 at 8:51 PM    


New zoning codes means harrassment of property owners. Hackworth is a friend to authoritarianism and an enemy to freedom.

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