Tagert, Stafford both apply for position; council to vote Monday

Vernon to select new city attorney

Chipley attorney Michelle Tagert is one of two attorneys vying for the position of Vernon city attorney.

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

VERNON — The Vernon City Council heard proposals from two attorneys on Monday during their workshop meeting at City Hall.

Panama City attorney Charles J. Stafford and Chipley attorney Michelle Blankenship Tagert both submitted proposals for service to the city council.

Tagert offered to serve the city for a $500 monthly retainer, which would include attendance at two meetings and two hours of legal service per month. Services beyond the two hours would be billed at $150 per hour.

Stafford offered to attend two meetings a month for a $500 monthly retainer, and would bill the city at $200 per hour for legal services. Travel expenses were negotiable, Stafford said.

“We have a case pending, what kind of money are we looking at to get you up to speed?” Council member Tray Hawkins asked Tagert. She said her hourly billing rate would apply, but the city would receive two hours of legal service each month with the monthly retainer.

Stafford said he would not charge the city for hours spent getting up to speed on the pending cases.

Both Tagert and Stafford said they had experience in land dispute cases such as the one the city is currently involved in.



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