Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer has appointed local attorney Scott Reust, of Rockhill Pinnick Attorneys LLP, as the next city attorney for the city, effective Jan. 1.

Reust will replace city attorney Mike Valentine, who announced plans earlier this year to retire.

Valentine will retire at the end of this year after serving the city for 34 years under the leadership of three mayors.

Reust, a Huntington native, has been a practicing attorney since 1996. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law. He is a member of both the Kosciusko County Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association.

His practice areas include government litigation, land use and zoning, general civil litigation, general criminal litigation, family law and personal injury law.

He also is an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Kosciusko County Community Foundation Board of Directors, Kosciusko County Shrine Club, Warsaw Breakfast Optimists, Knights of Columbus, Pierceton Masonic Lodge and Kosciusko County Drug Treatment Court.

“I am excited for Scott to join our team as the next city attorney,” Thallemer said. “His experience in municipal law, as well as his involvement and investment in our community, positions him as an excellent resource and advisor for the city.”

Reust will work alongside Valentine through the end of the year in a transitional role.