A former member of Fairfield's Boards of Selectmen and Finance has been named town attorney.

Stanton H. Lesser, who until recently was chairman of the town's Conservation Commission, was named Monday to be the town's top legal counsel by First Selectman Michael Tetreau.

The post has been vacant since last October when Tretreau accepted the resignation of longtime Town Attorney Richard Saxl, after an independent counsel's report criticized his role and that of then-First Selectman Kenneth Flatto for failing to secure proper approval of revisions in the contract for the Fairfield Metro railroad station.

"After a lengthy and thorough search process, I am pleased to bring Mr. Lesser on board as Fairfield's town attorney," Tetreau said in a statement announcing the appointment. "Mr. Lesser's impressive legal background, strong roots in the Fairfield community and high ethical standards will help fulfill a vital role in town government and help protect and advocate for the needs of our community."

Lesser, a life-long Fairfield resident, is a partner in the local law firm, Lesser & Lieberthal. In addition to serving as a selectman and member of the town's finance and conservation panels, he also has been a member of the Representative Town Meeting, Fairfield Housing Authority, Community and Economic Development Commission, Parking Authority and Fairfield Arts Council. Mr. Lesser recently served as Chairman of the Conservation Commission.

Lesser holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a law degree from Western New England School of Law. He has been admitted to the Connecticut Bar and the U.S. District Court Bar.

He has practiced law in the Connecticut Superior Court, Appellate Court, Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, according to the first selectman's office. His areas of practice include civil and criminal litigation, commercial and residential real estate, and business acquisition and sales. He has also served as an impartial hearing officer for the state Board of Education for more than 25 years.

"I am honored that our first selectman has chosen me to be Fairfield's town attorney," Lesser said in the statement. "I look forward to using my legal expertise, as well as my 35 years of experience in town government, and the relationships I have formed with its employees, to help Fairfield move forward."