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Former Northumberland county attorney reflects on 33 years

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

by Taylor O’Bier

Thirty-three years ago Leslie Kilduff, Jr. was at a Lion’s Club oyster roast at Cowart Seafood when he was approached by former Northumberland County Supervisor William Sanford about the idea of becoming the county attorney. Now, he has retired from the position and is leaving a lasting legacy of dedication to Northumberland County.

Kilduff’s first board meeting as the county attorney was on May 10, 1984. His predecessor was Edna Barber, who was also the commonwealth’s attorney at the time. Until Kilduff’s appointment the position of commonwealth’s attorney and county attorney were combined. Kilduff was the first citizen appointed as a separate county attorney.

Kilduff is a Northumberland County native, graduating from Northumberland High School in 1969. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and a Doctor of Law degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. His first job after graduating was with Thomas A. Williams in Callao.

Kilduff accepted the duties of county attorney for several reasons. Foremost being it went along well with is general practice of law. He thought it was a good way to keep up with the many changes of zoning laws and ordinances in the county. However, he didn’t take the position for granted. “When I started as county attorney I tried to keep in mind that I wanted to be like a child at the dinner table,” stated Kilduff in an interview, “I wasn’t going to speak unless I was spoken to because nobody elected me.”

Pick up a copy of the April 5 edition of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story