Jim Guynn named permanent City Attorney for Salem

Roanoke Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy City of Salem)

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — During Monday night’s meeting, the Salem City Council unanimously voted to name local lawyer Jim Guynn as the “permanent full-time City Attorney,” according to officials.

According to a Facebook post by the City of Salem on Tuesday, May 11, Guynn had been serving in an interim role since November 2020 following the retirement of Steve Yost, who served the Salem community for nearly 40 years.

Officials say Guynn, a Salem resident, has more than 30 years of experience representing local governments and public officials, such as the Western Virginia Regional Jail and the Franklin County government.

Guynn reportedly received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1979 and his J..D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1982, which is the same year he was admitted to the Virginia Bar.

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