LAPORTE — LaPorte has replaced its city attorney who recently left to rejoin former mayor Blair Milo in her position on the governor’s cabinet.

Nick Otis, 34, graduated magna cum laude from the Valparaiso University School of Law and since 2008 has been with legal firm of Newby Lewis Kaminsky and Jones in LaPorte.

The LaPorte native is the son of Joe Otis, formerly the boys high school varsity basketball coach in LaPorte and Valparaiso.

Mayor Mark Krentz, who made the appointment, said he thought of Otis almost right away.

"He’s professional, polished and represents a good firm," said Krentz.

Otis said he will rely on his partners whenever he needs help addressing a legal issue.

"They’re getting the benefit of our entire firm. Not just me," Otis said.

Rebecca Meyer McCuaig resigned as city attorney Oct. 27 to become chief counsel and director of solutions for Milo, the state’s first secretary of career connection & talent since Aug. 14. McCuaig had been the city attorney since 2013.

Krentz was appointed three days before Milo left to fill the more than two years left of her term.

Otis said his firm has no prior experience in municipal law but has vast legal experience in public education.

Currently, the firm represents school corporations at LaPorte, Westville, South Central and New Prairie. 

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