County commissioners appointed a new county counsel on Wednesday.

Joanna Lyons-Antley will start on April 1. She replaces Heather Reynolds, who served as Clatsop County counsel for 25 years.

Lyons-Antley will serve as an in-house counsel instead of a contract attorney.

Lyons-Antley was formerly a contract attorney for Beery, Elsner & Hammond LLP. She also served about eight years as the city attorney for Klamath Falls and about six years as the assistant Coos County counsel.

Nicole Bales is a reporter for The Astorian, covering police, courts and county government. Contact her at 971-704-1724 or

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