Chiefland looks at other legal options

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

The Chiefland City Commission is hanging out the "Help Wanted" sign just two weeks after muzzling City Attorney Norm Fugate for actively participating in a suit brought by businessman Andy Andrews.

Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who placed the item on the Monday night meeting agenda, said, "I want to consider advertising for legal services and see what we get."

The commission first discussed getting bids for legal services, but later decided to seek proposals.

Commissioner Rollin Hudson said the commission could find themselves in the position of receiving the lowest bid from the "best lawyer we're going to find in the Yellow Pages in Jacksonville. We've got to take the lowest bid."

"I would think you are bidding for experience," said City Manager Grady Hartzog. "I don't think it's price."

Pomeroy said, "I would think you would go with the best."

Fugate advised the commissioners they could avoid the "lowest bid" dilemma by making a "request for proposals." "I'm giving you my best unbiased advice on my replacement," Fugate said. He said the proposal should state the person's qualifications and proposed fee schedule.

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