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Asheville appoints new city attorney

City of Asheville
Brad R. Branham

Asheville has a new city attorney on its payroll. City Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Brad R. Branham to the post Tue. 

He’s currently the assistant city attorney for the city of Charlotte.

City Council announced the decision yesterday following a special meeting.  The city says in a news release Branham isn't necessarily a newcomer to Asheville -- he went to UNC Asheville for undergrad. 

The City of Asheville has long held a special place in my heart,” Branham said in the release. “I first arrived in the city as an 18-year-old college freshman, and Asheville quickly become my home. Although life has taken me away from it, my desire to return has endured.”

He went on to study law at Wake Forest University. 

Branham is slated to start his new role on Apr. 8.  

As city attorney, Branham will advise council on legal challenges – to include matters, like how the city enforces noise complaints.

The Citizen Times reports Branham will earn $185,000, plus benefits.