BALLINGER - The City of Ballinger has officially hired Pat Chesser as the new city attorney, replacing Ebb Grindstaff, who served in the position for 60 years.

BALLINGER - The City of Ballinger has officially hired Pat Chesser as the new city attorney, replacing Ebb Grindstaff, who served in the position for 60 years.

Chesser began serving as the city attorney in January after Grindstaff stepped down from the position.

He brings decades of experience to the position, serving since 1998 as the city attorney for Brownwood, a position he continues to hold.

Chesser, who resides in Brownwood, brings two decades of experience in working with economic development and code enforcement in Brownwood as the city, 61 miles from Ballinger, revitalized the downtown and promoted economic growth.

“We looked toward revitalization of the downtown and there has been much evolution in 20 years,” Chesser said.

In Brownwood, Chesser led the charge to update code enforcement ordinances and focused on redevelopment of the downtown. He has also advised the city as business and industry was developed in Brownwood’s Industrial Park, which includes industries like Kohler, 3M and Superior Cable.

In 2008, Chesser decided to help some of the smaller communities in and around Brown County by serving as the city attorney for the small city of Rising Star. During that time, he was working with a firm in Frisco and also took on the small community of Gorman.

“It was an opportunity to see what other cities are doing,” Chesser said.

He served as deputy city attorney and/or assisted Messer, Rockefeller & Fort, PLLC in the representation of the cities of Eastland, Clyde, Coleman, De Leon, Breckenridge, Albany, Haskell, Hamlin, Colorado City, Buffalo Gap, Murphy, Duncanville, Heath, Denison, Pilot Point, Saint Jo, Lavon, Lakewood Village, Caddo Mills and Union Valley from 2008-2014.

Today, along with his duties in Ballinger and Brownwood, Chesser also serves as city attorney in Albany, Coleman, De Leon and Rising Star.

Chesser has almost two decades of experience representing municipalities and economic development corporations. He has litigated cases on behalf of the cities he represents in both federal and state cases involving employment, discrimination, FMLA, ADA, sexual harassment, retaliation,civil service appeals, disannexation, and code enforcement.

Chesser said working with all of the different communities gives him a good perspective of what is happening in other cities.

“We can share knowledge and seek what works,” Chesser said.

He called Ballinger a progressive city.

“You have a good city council and city officials,” Chesser said. “I see a bright future for growth and prosperity.”

He said Grindstaff’s shoes will be big ones to fill.

“Anyone that can serve his city for 60 years I have a great deal of respect and admiration for,” Chesser said.

Chesser is a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M University and a 1991 graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law. He was born and raised in Brownwood. He is married and has three children.