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Hayek taking leave for judge advocate school

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– City Attorney Ben Hayek is leaving temporarily for a much bigger firm.
Hayek, Solon’s legal representative since 2008, will be taking training to become a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Army Reserves beginning in February.
“I am essentially the equivalent of an army reservist,” Hayek explained. The part-time commission allows him to continue his private practice in Iowa City, but to become a full-fledged Judge Advocate General (JAG), he will need to complete an 18-week course.
Hayek has asked former city attorney Jim Martinek to serve in his absence, which he discussed with the Solon City Council during a Nov. 2 meeting.
Back in July, Hayek accepted a commission as a First Lieutenant in the Iowa Army National Guard JAG Corps. As a part of the commission, he must complete the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (JAOBC), a-12 day military orientation class, an 11-week academic course at the University of Virginia and a six-week Direct Commissioned Officer Course (DCO) at Fort Benning, Ga.
In order to accommodate the training, Hayek has reduced his private practice workload and will retire as city attorney for Hills at the end of the year.
The decision came about, he said, as a result of a desire to serve the nation and to “explore the concept of full time military duty.”
Hayek, 34, is an Iowa City resident, having graduated from City High School and the University of Iowa.
The Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGC) is the Army’s source of legal support, covering everything affecting military operations including criminal law, legal assistance, civil and administrative law, labor and employment law, international and operational law, and contract and fiscal law.
Hayek’s leave will begin Feb. 2.
That’s almost 11 years after Jim Martinek resigned as Solon city attorney.
Martinek served the city for 26 years before stepping down in February 2001. He operated in private practice for 28 years in Iowa City before moving his office to Solon in 2008. He currently serves as a magistrate judge for the Sixth Judicial District of Iowa and as an adjunct faculty member at Kirkwood Community College.
Solon City Administrator Cassandra Lippincott said no formal action has been taken on Hayek’s request. There was general consensus supporting Hayek at the Nov. 2 council meeting, and she indicated formal action would likely be taken yet this month.