Gwinnett Citizen News

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the appointment of Mike Ludwiczak to the position of the county attorney.

Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said, "I have known and worked with Mike for many years. He has a deep understanding of the issues facing the county, a solid legal mind and the kind of good judgment the commissioners and I can rely on."

Ludwiczak, who has been with the county for 21 years and most recently served as acting county attorney, will head a lineup of eight lawyers totaling 193 years of legal experience.

"I'm humbled to be selected county attorney," Ludwiczak said. "We have a great, veteran group of attorneys, and I plan to work hard to justify the faith that has been placed in me. We have a lot of complicated issues before us but I have confidence in the sound advice of our legal team and the wisdom of the board."

The Law Department handles agenda items, legal opinions, claims, policies, open records requests and ordinances, and resolutions. The county's lawyers are also involved in or advise on state and local legislation, board and authority meetings, contracts and intergovernmental agreements, real estate transactions and strategic planning.

In addition, the department handles litigation on issues ranging from employment matters to zoning to tax appeals. About 99 percent of the issues that come to the Law Department are handled internally.

Ludwiczak, a 1989 graduate of Fairfield University and a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, has been an assistant county attorney with Gwinnett County since 1998. He has represented several of the larger departments within the county, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Water Resources, Department of Support Services, the Department of Community Services, and the Board of Tax Assessors. Since 2011, he has also served as chairman of the Investment Committee for the Gwinnett County Retirement Plans Management Committee.