BILLERICA - The town's legal counsel will resign this week, in an announcement one day after selectmen said they will seek bids for those services.

"I did tender my resignation notice today as Town Counsel in Billerica effective May 1," Town Counsel Patrick Costello said in an email. "... Suffice it to say that it has been an honor and privilege to serve as Town Counsel for Billerica over the past six years. I have met a lot of great people during my tenure, and I wish the Town well in its future endeavors. Other than that, I have nothing further to offer."

Selectman Dan Burns said that Costello's resignation was a "bit of a surprise." Burns said the request for proposal (RFP) for legal services was simply a housekeeping item known for a while.

"That shouldn't have made an impact here," Burns said. "This is simply our due diligence to always make sure our services are competitive out in the industry.

"It's just unfortunate that he would resign on such short notice," he added. "It's something else we have to deal with, but we will survive."

Town Manager John Curran said it's unfortunate that Costello will no longer work for the town.

"He was very good with his services with the town," Curran said Tuesday. "It's unfortunate that the relationship has ended the way it did."

Curran said the immediate concern is addressing the town's legal services for Town Meeting, which starts May 6. The town plans to hire special counsel for Town Meeting, he said.


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