The Town of Summerfield has been going through something of a leadership upheaval lately: Last year Summerfield residents elected a largely new Town Council, and, earlier this year, that council let it be known that it would not be renewing Town Manager Scott Whittaker’s contract once it expired this summer.

That prompted the town attorney to resign – and now the Town Council is filling those empty or soon to be empty positions.

On Monday, April 8, town officials announced that Summerfield had named James Hoffman as the new town attorney. They stated that it was a unanimous decision by the Town Council that was made during a special called meeting on Saturday, March 22.

The council cited the “impressive legal experience” of Hoffman and said he brings “a wealth of knowledge and expertise” to the job.

Hoffman, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, holds a law degree from the College of William & Mary Law School.

He has practiced with private law firms and worked as corporate counsel in the past.

Hoffman has also served as a city attorney both in Northern Virginia and in North Carolina.

He’s also the Founder of American Heroes for North Carolina – a non-profit organization that was set up to engage veteran leadership in the community. That organization has now merged with Veterans Bridge Home, and Hoffman continues to serve as an executive and as a member of the group’s Triad Regional Board of Governors.

According to a press release sent out from the town this week, “Hoffman’s commitment to the local community is evident through his active participation and leadership on numerous local boards, such as the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Guilford Child Development, Inc. and Ready for School, Ready for Life.”

The release adds, “We are confident that his knowledge, experience, and dedication will greatly benefit Summerfield, and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Summerfield’s Town Attorney.”