By Kristen Miller
MEEKER COUNTY, MN Before their reign came to an end, the outgoing Meeker County Board of Commissioners hired Tony Spector as new county attorney Dec. 18.
The selection committee, consisting of Sheriff Jeff Norlin, interim county attorney Angela Erickson, commissioners Wally Strand and Jim Swenson, Cheryl Brueggemeier in human resources, and Administrator Paul Virnig, initially interviewed six of the 11 applicants. The committee then selected two, Tony Spector and Matthew Franzese, to be interviewed by the board. The process came after Meeker County Attorney Stephanie Beckman was apppointed to the Eighth Judicial District by Governor Mark Dayton.
Virnig commented that Tony was chosen for his diverse background, which includes working in both the public and private sector as an attorney at Spector Law Office in Plymouth for 10 years.
“He has represented both sides of the coin, which is interesting,” Virnig commented.
He also has a long history as a licensed police officer, Virnig noted, adding that Spector is currently a part-time deputy in Meeker County.
Spector earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.
What was also appealing about Spector, Virnig noted, was his experience as an instructor at Hennepin Technical College in the areas of law enforcement and criminal justice.
Spector will begin his role as Meeker County attorney Feb. 1.