City Solicitor George Nilson is the Next Lawyer to Exit City Hall

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HWCityHall500x334The city official who hired a lawyer that was found to have neo-Nazi views is out.

In a brief statement at 3 p.m. on a summer Friday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said George Nilson will no longer be City Solicitor, effective on Wednesday, August 24. Nilson’s office signed off on a contract with Glen Allen, a lawyer who was himself fired on Thursday following revelations from the Southern Poverty Law Center about his past ties to a neo-Nazi group. Allen was under contract to represent the police department in a wrongful arrest case.

The mayor’s statement did not directly tie the end of Nilson’s tenure to the incident with Allen, and did not give a reason for Nilson’s departure.

The city solicitor is essentially the chief legal advisor for the city government. Nilson will be replaced by Deputy Solicitor David Ralph.



Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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