York County new solicitor takes up post

Greg Gross

Glenn Smith, the new York County solicitor, has found himself back in the building where his legal career started.

He got his start in the law profession as an assistant district attorney with the county in 2001, when the county administration building was the county courthouse.

York County solicitor Glenn Smith. Bill Kalina photo

"I started my career in this building and now I find myself back in this building,"  he said. "I moved up a floor."

County commissioners formally appointed Smith as solicitor during their weekly meeting Wednesday. He previously won approval from the county's salary board following an interview process. His first day was Monday.

As county solicitor, Smith, who will be paid $110,000 annually, will serve as the commissioners' top legal adviser and will represent the county in local, state and federal courts.

Background: Smith, who lives in Manchester Township, holds a law degree from Widener School of Law. After a roughly three-year stint with the district attorney's office, he went into private practice, most recently working for York City-based law firm CGA.

He replaces longtime solicitor Mike Flannelly, who took the bench in the county Court of Common Pleas in January after he was elected judge in November.

"I think it's a great job," Flannelly, who attended the meeting, said of being a solicitor. "It's a great opportunity to serve the people of York County."

Smith said he spent his first two days on the job getting acquainted with county government, something somewhat familiar to him since he represented county row officers as a private attorney.

He also received some pointers from Flannelly.

"I've had the benefit of talking with Mike the past number of months," he said.

Other news: Also during the meeting Scott Cassel, the county facilities manager, alerted commissioners to damaged walkways between the pillars at the entrance of the county administrative building, 28 E. Market St. in York City.

A man walks past a damaged slab in front of the York County administrative building in York City on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Moisture became trapped under the concrete-like material when it was poured in 2014. The cold temperature has caused the moisture to freeze, which caused the slabs to rise and separate from the rest of the walkway and allowed additional moisture to seep in, he said.

Workers returned last year to reapply caulk to the edges but to no avail. Seven slabs ring the entrance to the building and one had to be taped off earlier this week to keep people from walking on it.

"The answer we believe is we have to dig a footer there and pour some sort of concrete base," Cassel said

The fix won't cost the county any money since the work is under what is essentially a two-year warranty, he said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.