Sneads town council members welcomed their new attorney at the regular meeting for March, held this past Tuesday night.
She is Josefina “Josie” M. Tamayo of the John Reid law firm in Tallahassee. She was hired at $125 per hour, with a retainer fee of $1,250, according to the 5-0 council vote in February. Tamayo said that either she or John Reid himself will be attending Sneads town council meetings and doing work for the town.
“We’re very happy you chose us,” Tamayo said as she was introduced by town council President Helen Grice. “We’re glad to be your lawyers, thank you. Mr. Reid already serves the town of Greenville in Madison County and I have 32 years of experience in working with state government. Regarding your recovery from the storm, we pray for you every day. I feel good being here; I grew up in a small town.”
That was Milledgeville, Georgia, Tamayo said after the meeting. However, she was born in Cuba, from which her parents fled and immigrated to the U.S. when she was three years old. Tamayo now lives with her husband in Tallahassee.
Tamayo received her law degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1985 and has been a member of the Florida Bar for 32 years, she said.
The Sneads town council fired longtime attorney Guy Green of Marianna at last October’s meeting, ; no local attorneys applied for the job. The John Reid firm was selected by the council over other applicants Bryant Miller Olive, Oertel Fernandez and Young/Qualls.
Also Tuesday, the council voted to change the date of its April meeting to Wednesday, April 10 in light of municipal elections falling on the second Tuesday that month.