Vernon city attorney resignation discussed

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

“I never have billed them the way I should,” Adkison said. “I told Tray Hawkins that if they expected me to be always available, then I would have to start billing them for every little thing.”

Adkison said he took the city attorney position mainly because he is from Vernon and he wanted to help the city out. “I’m not mad at anyone or anything,” he said. “I think very highly of all of the council members. Mostly, I am just relieved.”

Vernon resident Bill Dobbins asked the council members at Monday’s workshop why they had accepted Adkison’s resignation.

“I would like to ask the city council to reconsider their vote,” Dobbins said. “This has left the city without an attorney, and that is not a good situation.”

Chairwoman Tina Sloan said Adkison was not responding to calls from City Clerk Dian Hendrix. “He was hard to get up with, and it wasn’t just Ms. Dian or the mayor,” she said.

“We don’t need to be paying someone to show up for meetings,” Sloan said.

Councilman Tray Hawkins asked if the city attorney position would be advertised, and Hendrix said that it was being advertised this week. He asked if the ad would list an hourly rate the city was willing to pay for legal services.

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