City could have saved by hiring assistant attorney

May 12, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

According to a recent statement by a councilperson, the reason for retaining a law firm to handle the waste disposal site issue for the city was the City Attorney does not have time because of other legal matters. My dad was the part-time city attorney when Victoria had a population of about 28,000. The waste site is not the only waste with this situation. A talent search could have been conducted for a part-time assistant city attorney to handle the minor business of the city and allow the full-time city attorney to handle the waste site. I'm sure there is a qualified attorney, that does not have an established law practice, who would jump at the opportunity to paid $45 to $60 per hour without benefits. With the growth of Victoria, the part time assistant city attorney may be a long term position that could be full time in the future. Four hundred hours of time at $60 per hour is only $24,000 as compared to the estimate of over $110,000 by the law firm.

Tony Mallette, Victoria



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