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New Assistant Corporation Counsel Appointed in West Hartford

Cynthia Lauture. Courtesy photo

Corporation Counsel Dallas Dodge announced Tuesday that Cynthia Lauture has been named assistant corporation counsel for the Town of West Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

The Corporation Counsel’s office is back at full staff with the hiring of Assistant Corporation Counsel Cynthia Lauture, a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law who most recently served as assistant corporation counsel for the City of Hartford.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Attorney Lauture’s caliber join our team,” West Hartford Corporation Counsel Dallas Dodge said. “This is a very small legal office that has been severely short staffed since the start of the pandemic, but I’m proud that we’ve continued to provide the town with the highest qualify legal services throughout. Cynthia brings significant municipal experience, and I’m confident she will hit the ground running and immediately contribute to our commitment to excellence.” 

Lauture, whose first day was Tuesday, has a background in civil litigation, human resources, and freedom of information issues.

“I am excited to join the West Hartford team,” Lauture said during the Town Council’s virtual meeting Tuesday night. She said she is looking forward to working with Council members.

Lauture was hired following an extremely competitive and robust hiring process, Dodge said, noting that approximately 90 applications were received from all across the country. After a round of virtual interviews, four finalists were interviewed in person, he said.

The position has been vacant since Garmon Newsom, who held the role of assistant corporation counsel, departed in March, just at the start of the pandemic.

Dodge, a former Town Council member, was appointed to the corporation counsel role in December 2019 following the retirement of Patrick Alair.

Gina Varano was promoted from assistant corporation counsel to deputy corporation counsel earlier this year.

Lauture, who received her J.D. in 2010, is a 2006 graduate of George Washington University with a degree in psychology and sociology. She has previously worked as a law clerk, and was clerk to the administrative judge for the New Haven Superior Court from February 2011 through December 2013, when she joined the City of Hartford.

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