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Vale attorney reflects on a long and rewarding career in Malheur County

Larry Sullivan holds up an Enterprise clipping that reprinted the announcement of his selection as attorney for the city of Vale. Sullivan wrapped up a four-decade-long career in the local legal field Jan. 1. Sullivan also served as the Ontario city attorney since 2007. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – Life journeys begin for a variety of reasons, and the quest that prompted Larry Sullivan’s move from Virginia to Malheur County was actually pretty simple.

He wanted to live in open spaces.

That was more than 40 years ago and Sullivan married, started a family and became a reliable and long-term fixture at Vale and Ontario City Council meetings.

Sullivan, arguably one of the most knowledgeable municipal lawyers in the county, officially retired Jan. 1.

“I am 70. I’ve . . .