An attorney with a Butler law firm is slated to be the new Butler County solicitor. The county commissioners on Monday pegged Mike English, 46, of Zelienople to succeed Julie Graham, who retires in early February. The soonest the commissioners can appoint English, who works for Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter & Graham, is today. Commissioner Bill McCarrier, board chairman, said at the commissioners meeting Monday that English is the best of the four applicants for the post. McCarrier pointed out that English formerly provided legal service to Clarion County, which had a contract with the law firm he was employed by at the time. English has experience negotiating union contracts, a service currently provided to the county by special counsel. Commissioner Dale Pinkerton agreed that English is the person for the job. Commissioner Jim Eckstein doesn’t oppose English’s hiring, but said he favored a female attorney who also applied. “We had two people highly qualified for the job,” Eckstein said. He said his first choice was more suited for the post. The county did not release the names of the other applicants. English, who joined the Butler law firm in 2002, declined to comment until he is officially appointed. County Controller Jack McMillin said English is easy to work with. “He’s amiable,” McMillin said. “Very straight forward.” McCarrier said there would be an overlap between Graham’s and English’s tenures. Before the commissioners appoint a new solicitor, the county salary board, which is comprised of the commissioners and the controller, must create a new post with a lower salary. Graham’s salary is $51.36 an hour. The new solicitor will make $43.26 an hour.