BOC dis­cusses how to use county at­tor­ney

Craig will waive costs of work on NHCC

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em­ployee and charges up to $195 per hour for work, county per­son­nel are given strict guide­lines about when and how to con­sult with his of­fice. County com­mis­sion­ers have more lee­way and are al­lowed to con­sult with the county at­tor­ney about county mat­ters when­ever they choose, but District 4 Com­mis­sioner J.C. Hen­der­son was un­clear as to whether an in­di­vid­ual com­mis­sioner could di­rect a county at­tor­ney to work on a county project.

In De­cem­ber 2008, Hen­der­son asked County At­tor­ney Tommy Craig to set up a 501(c)3 for the Nel­son Heights Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. From De­cem­ber un­til April 2009 At­tor­ney James Grif­fin worked to set up the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and ac­cu­mu­lated $6,572.50 in le­gal fees. When Craig’s of­fice sent Chair­man Kathy Mor­gan the bill in 2009, she did not pay it be­cause she could find no record of the BOC ever giv­ing the county ap­proval to work on set­ting up a non-profit for the NHCC.

At Tues­day’s BOC meet­ing, Hen­der­son asked for the un­paid at­tor­ney's fees to be added to the agenda be­cause he wanted the county to pay that $6,572.50, de­spite the fact the BOC had not ap­proved the ex­pen­di­ture.

“We all know that county at­tor­ney’s of­fice serves

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