“The appointment is tremendous,” Batterman said.
Posted Friday, January 2, 2015
By Lori Kesinger
The Baker City Council announced the appointment of Rich Batterman as the new City Attorney. Batterman has served as the County Attorney since 2000 and begins his service for the City of Baker with the onset of the new year.
“The Council feels great about his appointment. He has experience in many facets that relate to government and has done a great job in the court room,” Mayor Clayton Hornung said. “We feel fortunate he applied for the position of City Attorney to provide leadership in the realm of law.”
Batterman received his B.A. from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN and his J.D. from Vermont Law School. He was admitted to the Montana State Bar in 1998 and spent almost six years as an associate attorney in general practice. In 2004, he established Batterman Law Offices located in Baker and Glendive with emphasis on oil and gas, probate, estate planning, business planning, some family law, and general litigation. Batterman’s primary specialities are in school law, serving as general counsel to the Montana Rural Education Consortium (an organization of B and C class schools across Montana), and government law.
“The appointment is tremendous. I have lived here 14 years and know everyone. I look forward to working with the City of Baker as they are a great group of dedicated people. I hope to help keep the City moving forward and developing,” Batterman said. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council as the chief legal advisor to the mayor, City Council, and all city departments for Baker.