Syracuse, N.Y. – Mayor Ben Walsh announced that Frank Price is stepping down from his role as corporation counsel and that Price will be replaced by Syracuse lawyer, Kristen E. Smith. Smith is a partner in the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King and is a longtime resident of Tipperary Hill.
“I didn’t foresee this change coming when I became Mayor, but I’m very pleased that Kristen is ready to bring her talent and expertise to the public sector,” Walsh said. “She is a highly respected lawyer with the skills and qualifications we need to be our next corporation counsel. Kristen is committed to our city and has chosen to build her career and raise her family here.”
Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations. After working in the personnel and recruiting industry for six years, she earned her juris doctorate from the Syracuse University College of Law. She has spent the past 12 years practicing at Bond, Schoeneck & King with a focus on employment and labor law.
Price was appointed to the role of corporation counsel at the end of December 2017 after a 40-year career practicing business and corporate law. According to Walsh, Price came to him at the end of the January and let him know that he had concluded the position was not the right fit for him. In the best interest of the city and himself, Price decided to step down.
“Frank Price is a true professional who cares about the city,” said Walsh. “I’ll regret that he’s not on our team, but I respect his decision and wish him well. Because of his forthrightness and willingness to continue to serve until now, the city is in a better position to transition to Kristen Smith as our next corporation counsel.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity and confident in the future of the Department of Law,” Price said. “The office is staffed by highly competent people, and I have great appreciation for the welcome and support the team provided to me.”
Price officially stepped down Feb. 16. Smith will take over as corporation counsel in March. First Assistant Corporation Counsel Joe Barry, who served as acting corporation counsel at the end of last year, will resume the acting designation until Smith joins the city.