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St. Charles County Counselor Harold Ellis (left) with County Councilman Joe Brazil

St. Charles County Counselor Harold Ellis (left) with County Councilman Joe Brazil

St. Charles County Counselor Harold Ellis is retiring.

Ellis, who has served as county counselor since October 2013 and previously as acting county counselor and assistant county counselor, was recognized in a resolution approved by the County Council at its Aug. 31 meeting.

Hired as an associate county counselor in 1993, Ellis also served as acting county counselor beginning in May 2013 before being named county counselor. As the county’s attorney, he represented the county in court cases and advised County Executive Steve Ehlmann and his staff, along with the county council.

The resolution notes that Ellis joined the counselor’s office less than six months after the county adopted its home rule charter form of government. It further notes that Ellis was a key player in developing the policies adopted by the county.  Besides his work behind a desk, the resolution notes that Ellis “drudged through creeks, weeds and heavy brush to secure right-of-way for various road projects as well as serving as legal counsel when American Indian artifacts were unearthed on road projects.”

Joann Leykam, the county’s director of administration, said that a decision on a replacement may be made later this month.

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