LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday named Doug Murray, a Brunswick County resident and former attorney from Lumberton, as the county’s interim attorney.
Murray replaces Hal Kinlaw, the county’s attorney since 1990, who resigned the position last week after it became public he is being sued by BB&T for unpaid loans in excess of $17 million.
“Robeson County was home to me for a long time, and the people here were good to me,” Murray, who practiced law for more than 30 years in the area, told the commissioners during their meeting Monday. “If this is a way for me to pay back the goodness that was shown to me, then I am more than happy to serve as the interim county attorney during the brief period of transition to the selection and hiring of a full-time staff attorney.”
Murray told the commissioners that he has no intention of “applying for or seeking the position” of full-time county attorney.
Murray retired from the Lumberton law firm of McLean, Stacy, McLean, McIntyre, Ramseur & Murray after practicing law for more than 30 years.
During his years in Robeson County, he served as legal assistant to the chancellor of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He also served as legal counsel for the Lumberton Airport Commission, Lumberton ABC Board, Robeson Health Care Corporation, Family Alternatives, Lumber River Council of Government, and the Robeson County Committee of 100.
Murray is a former member and past president of the Lumberton Rotary Club, as well as a former member of the board of directors for both the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce and the Robeson County Cancer Institute, now known as GlenFlora.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Murray received his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.