BOC discusses how to use county attorney
Craig will waive costs of work on NHCC
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