Vernon city attorney resignation discussed

Vernon city attorney resignation discussed

FILE PHOTO -- Former Vernon city attorney Kerry Adkison,at left, advises the council during the April 22 meeting in Vernon.

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM.

VERNON — City Council members discussed the resignation of former City Attorney Kerry Adkison at Monday’s Vernon City Council workshop.

Adkison said his resignation was accepted by the council on a 3-2 vote on May 13, and came after some council members questioned Adkison’s responsiveness to the city’s needs.

“I told them I didn’t see the need for me going to a meeting and billing them $300 to $500 when a 10 minute phone call would suffice,” Adkison said on Tuesday morning.

The council was considering firing a city employee at a special workshop on May 3, and Adkison said advised against the action based on a lack of documentation.

The council members tried to call Adkison, but his office is closed on Fridays.

“This all started with the water department, and people complaining that the city wasn’t responsive to calls,” Adkison said. “When they couldn’t get me on the phone, they said I wasn’t responsive.”

Councilman Shawn Sanders suggested that the city may have to advertise the city attorney position, and Adkison told them he would resign.

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