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Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board To Look At Replacements For Missing Attorney

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CARRBORO, N.C. — On Friday, Chapel-Hill Carrboro school leaders will continue their search for a new attorney. John McCormick, the former attorney for the school board, has not been seen since July.

McCormick's car was abandoned at the Orange County entrance to Duke Forest. He is accused of stealing $800,000 from a homebuilder and more money from his clients' accounts.

Investigators have looked at airline logs and checked McCormick's bank accounts and credit cards. The Orange County District Attorney's Office will not say what it has found to avoid jeopardizing their investigation.

If investigators do find McCormick, he will face embezzlement charges.

The school board fired McCormick after he disappeared. He represented the Chapel-Hill Carrboro school board for 20 years.

For nearly the past two months, Greenville attorney Phillip Dixon has served as the interim lawyer for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board. Nine firms have applied for the school board attorney position. On Friday, members of the school board will meet to go over applications.