City Attorney position up before council tonight

By 
M.P. Regan
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

After enjoying a long period of stability, with just two people occupying the position across two decades, the city attorney position for the City of Dillon could gain its second occupant in less than a year at the meeting tonight of the Dillon City Council.

During the report of Mayor John McGinley set to start shortly after the 7 p.m. meeting convenes, McGinley will ask the city council to endorse his appointment of Sky Jones as the next city attorney.

If approved by the city council, Jones would succeed Marta Farmer, who submitted a letter of resignation to the city this summer listing her last day as “no later than Oct. 1, 2022.”

Farmer gained the position in January 2022, succeeding Jim Dolan, who had served since 2014, following his multi-year stint as deputy city attorney under Duke Gilbert.

A letter of application or resume for Jones was not included in the meeting packet for tonight’s city council meeting.

Though his online resume posted on LinkedIn lists Jones as president of Bozeman-based Jones Law P.C.—a “law firm providing oil and gas title examination regarding drilling title opinions, division order title opinions. It also cites Jones’ ten months in 2008 as a landman crew chief for Consol Energy who “organized and managed a large crew of professional landmen in the location, negotiation, drafting, and acquisition of oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.”

It also cites Jones nearly two years as a Landman Peak Energy Resources in the Barnett Shale area “locating, negotiating, drafting, and acquiring oil and gas leases” and credited Jones as a graduate of the University of Montana Law School.

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