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Reichard is Waynesboro's borough solicitor

March 24, 2001

Reichard is Waynesboro's borough solicitor



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In these times of layoffs and job insecurity, one man is not worried.

D. Lloyd Reichard II knows the meaning of job security.

Reichard, 58, has held the job of borough solicitor since January 1969. Reichard is only the third attorney to have the job in 83 years.

His predecessors were Neimond F. Keller and Keller's son, John W. Keller.

Pennsylvania law requires boroughs to appoint borough solicitors. They represent and advise borough officials in legal matters and draft ordinances.

John W. Keller said his father was born in Juniata County, Pa. He was the son of Judge Jeremiah M. Keller who presided in Juniata and Perry counties.

Neimond Keller graduated from Gettysburg College in 1912 and earned his law degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., in 1916.

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The next year found him in France fighting Germans in World War I. When he was discharged in 1918 he was offered a partnership with Waynesboro attorney Blair Minnich.

That same year he was appointed borough solicitor.

He kept the job until 1968 when his son took over as borough attorney.

"Dad was getting older and was slowing down. He needed help so I was appointed borough attorney in 1953," Keller said.

Neimond Keller kept the title of borough solicitor while John did most of the work as borough attorney.

"The difference is the borough solicitor has more prestige and more authority than the borough attorney," Keller said.

Both Kellers resigned from the borough in December 1968. Neimond Keller retired as solicitor after holding the title for 50 years. He died in 1973.

John W. Keller, 74, resigned as borough attorney to accept an appointment as the county's second judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He retired as president judge in 1992.

He serves as a senior, or part-time jurist on call, often being called to preside over cases in other counties.

"I work when I want to now," he said.

Reichard was appointed solicitor in January 1969.

He sits through an average of seven meetings a month, including borough council, Planning Commission, Water and Sewer Authority and zoning board. He said much of the work is mundane.

"It's not a very glamorous job and it can be frustrating at times," he said. "There is a public perception that the solicitor is supposed to represent the residents. My function is to advise borough officials."

The solicitor is appointed to a two-year term.

Reichard graduated from Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa., and earned his law degree from Dickinson Law School in 1967. He practiced with Neimond Keller until Keller died.

Reichard's law firm, Reichard Law Offices, LLC, has offices in Waynesboro and Chambersburg, Pa.

His family came to the Hagerstown area in the 1760s, then moved to St. Thomas, Pa. His ancestors were among those who founded the Dunkard Church, he said.

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