The City of Picher has hired a new attorney to represent its municipal interest.

Erik Johnson was appointed to replace Neil Wilson as council for the city.

“It's going to be interesting work, Johnson said. “There are some good people in Picher and I feel real good about representing them.

Last month, Wilson informed city council members that he wanted to cut back his caseload and asked them to begin looking for someone else to represent the city.

Johnson also represents the cities of Miami and Commerce.

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The city has received a letter from Michael Palmer, vice president of commercial operations for Empire District Electric Company.

Palmer informed council members that the company has received inquiries from Picher residents concerned about continued service after the buyout.

“Be assured as long as there are any customers who need service we will continue to provide service to your city, Palmer said. “There are no minimum customer numbers.