Framingham City Solicitor retires after two decades

FRAMINGHAM, MA — Framingham’s longtime in-house attorney will retire at the end of fiscal year 2022, city officials announced Wednesday.

Solicitor Chris Petrini, founder of Petrini & Associates PC, became Framingham’s town solicitor in 2001. Former mayor Yvonne Spicer hired him as town solicitor in 2018 when Framingham became a town.

“I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve as Senior Legal Director of Framingham for the past 20
years,” Petrini said in a press release. “Each day, I have worked hard, along with the other attorneys at Petrini & Associates, PC, to devote all of our professional efforts to providing the highest quality legal services and the most profitable. in Framingham.”

The last day of Petrini will be June 30, which is also the last day of the 2022 financial year.

In his first State of the City address on Monday, Mayor Charlie Sisitsky warned that the fiscal year 2023 budget process could be difficult. He also said he would look to make changes in key areas, including “how we get legal services.”

Petrini and his team of attorneys defend the city against lawsuits and provide a wide range of legal advice. But unlike other towns that have lawyers on staff, Framingham pays Petrini’s firm a retainer to provide legal services. The budget for Petrini’s office for fiscal year 2022 was about $755,000, according to budget documents.

“Chris has always been passionate about protecting the interests of Framingham. I know him as someone who can always be counted on to do the right thing and always give good advice. Framingham has been fortunate to have the services of Chris for so many years and I wish him the best in his retirement,” Sisitsky said in a press release.

Petrini will continue to practice law at his firm after June 30, according to the city’s press release.

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