Van Norden Resigns

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The city is seeking applicants to fill the position of deputy corporation counsel, following the resignation of L. John Van Norden.

City officials said Van Norden has resigned effective Jan. 24. He is moving with his family to the Florida Keys, they said.

The city has listed the position as open on its website, and is seeking applications until Jan. 10. Applicants should have a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school and at least seven years’ experience as a practicing attorney, according to the posting. The annual salary range for the position is $103,040 to $156,800.

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Van Norden could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

An investigator with the state’s office of the disciplinary counsel said in February that he would open an investigation into Van Norden, who at the time was not licensed to practice law in Connecticut, documents stated. A complaint submitted to the office noted that Van Norden at that point had worked for the city for a year, but still was not licensed to practice law in the state.

But city officials said Van Norden had been conducting day-to-day administrative duties, such as document work — not practicing law. He was admitted to the state bar on April 1.

In the job posting for deputy corporation counsel, the city noted that applicants “must be a member of the Connecticut Bar.” The appointee also must establish residency in Hartford within six months of being hired.

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