Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hilliard's Town Attorney Ready for Challenge; Fahlgren Says His First Big Issue Will Be Helping the City Manage Growth

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hilliard's Town Attorney Ready for Challenge; Fahlgren Says His First Big Issue Will Be Helping the City Manage Growth

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Byline: KEVIN TURNER

HILLIARD - Hilliard's new town attorney may not be a native, but he's determined to ply his practice locally for the rest of his career.

Steven Fahlgren, 42, moved to Hilliard from Orlando with his family last year. His wife, Kimberly, is a native who kept strong ties with her family in her hometown, which the entire Fahlgren family has now adopted. The couple married on the doorstep of a home owned by her parents, Julius and JoAnn Davis, and now they live nearby.

His current law office on U.S. 1 is within sight of the homes, and a new office, when complete, also will be nearby.

"This is temporary until we finish an office just to the north," he said April 24. "It's going to be bigger than this. Hopefully, it will be home sweet home for the rest of my career."

Fahlgren's other new professional home soon will be Hilliard Town Hall. The Town Council hired him April 5 to replace retiring Town Attorney Robert Peters. Fahlgren starts his new job in July.

"I'm thrilled about the opportunity to help with some challenges and issues and I hope to build upon the work that was done by Robert Peters," Fahlgren said Thursday.

Hilliard Town Council member Jack Bailey said he agreed with his colleagues that Fahlgren was the best fit for the post.

"We interviewed a couple of applications, and out of the two we felt he had the qualifications that he would do the job we wanted him to do," Bailey said Thursday. "He had worked with us on other projects, and he's got a true love for the town."

The fact that Fahlgren's practice is in Hilliard also was a factor in the council's decision, Bailey said.

"Being in the community, we felt he'd be in touch a little more," Bailey said. "It's nice to have someone from town."

In Orlando, Fahlgren, a 1994 University of Florida graduate, specialized in consumer law and continues to do so in Hilliard. He will continue to practice law in federal cases and Nassau County cases since the Hilliard Town Attorney position is part time, he said. …

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