T.J. Reed tapped as next Three Rivers city attorney

T.J. Reed

Attorney T.J. Reed will succeed longtime Three Rivers City Attorney J. Patrick O’Malley upon O’Malley’s retirement at year’s end. Reed, currently serving as assistant city attorney, was named O’Malley’s successor by the Three Rivers City Commission Tuesday.

Former St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough and attorney Luke Nofsinger also vied for the post, joining Reed in making their respective cases as to why they would be the best fit during Tuesday’s meeting.

McDonough cited his experience as prosecutor, and the fact that he was the only applicant who actually lives in Three Rivers. Nofsinger, who has an office in downtown Three Rivers, spent the majority of his time clarifying his proposal, specifically the number of hours he would dedicate to city business, and the rates he would charge.

Ultimately Reed’s recommendation from City Manger Joe Bippus, and O’Malley’s insistence that the position would be better served by Reed and the resources at his disposal at Bird, Scheske, Reed & Beemer, P.C., than by a solo practitioner, proved to be the difference.

Reed earned his Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, and his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law. His practice areas include civil litigation, criminal defense, municipal prosecution, domestic relations/divorce and personal injury. In addition to his experience with private practice Reed formerly served as assistant prosecuting attorney for St. Joseph County under McDonough.

Reed lives with his wife Melanie and their four children in Centreville.

Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor and publisher of Watershed Voice.