He explained that his rate is $150 an hour and is paid a quarterly retainer of $1,500. He said the legal issues of the county are not easy to undertake and requires time to devote to make sure the law is followed. He also acts as a human resources director to some department heads who need employee-based questions answered.
Additional money had to be transferred within funds by the county commissioners in order to pay the attorney his wages. He said it’s difficult when the county council only appropriated $20,000 for legal counsel which isn’t enough to cover the year.
The commissioners tabled the contract to see how budget hearings go with the county council next week.