Bristol, Tennessee City Manager Bill Sorah has announced the appointment of Ms. Danielle S. Kiser as the city’s new City Attorney. Kiser will join the city staff on September 14 and begin working with the current City Attorney Jack Hyder, ensuring a smooth transition to her new role. Mr. Hyder, who plans to retire from his position this fall, has served the city for almost three decades. The City Attorney performs legal work representing the city in civil and criminal matters and serves as the legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, and departments within the city.
Kiser currently works for the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Magistrate for Washington County, where she hears testimony to determine the existence of probable cause, issues arrest or search warrants, conducts bail hearings with accused offenders, and sets bail. She previously served as a Senior Director /Associate General Counsel for Pfizer, Inc. of Bristol, Tennessee and as an Associate Attorney for PennStuart, in Bristol, Tennessee. Kiser also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Appalachian School of Law, in Grundy, Virginia.
“We are very excited about Danielle joining our staff and look forward to her assuming the new role,” said Sorah. “We performed an extensive search over the past few months realizing Jack’s shoes were going to be difficult to fill. We feel good about the process and are excited to begin the next step in transitioning with Danielle on the city team.”
Kiser graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and received a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Washington and Lee University School of Law, in Lexington Virginia. She holds professional licenses in both Tennessee and Virginia. Kiser states, “I am tremendously excited about this opportunity of working for the City of Bristol, Tennessee. It promises to be both challenging and fulfilling, but more importantly, it gives me a chance to help make Bristol, Tennessee a better place to live and work.”