For the first time in 38 years, the city of Dublin has a new law director.

For the first time in 38 years, the city of Dublin has a new law director.

Dublin City Council has approved a resolution naming Jennifer D. Readler to succeed Stephen J. Smith Sr.

The change in law director is effective immediately.

Smith, who has served as law director since 1978, will continue to assist in legal matters on an as-needed basis.

Both Smith and Readler are with the Frost Brown Todd law firm in Columbus.

Smith will continue working on special projects for Dublin.

Readler, who has served as assistant law director for Dublin, has worked with the city for the past 17 years.

Her duties will include attending council meetings, drafting ordinances and resolutions, representing the city in all administrative hearings and general litigation, providing legal advice to city officials, and reviewing and negotiating contracts.

Frost Brown Todd attorneys Stephen Smith Jr. and Phil Hartmann will be assisting Readler.

Additionally, a team of more than 15 attorneys from Frost Brown Todd is currently assigned to specialized projects for the city.

According to the Dublin City Charter, the law director is appointed and removed by the city manager, subject to the consent and approval of council.