Councilors weigh options for a city attorney during workshop

September 19, 2013 • Local News

City Councilors met Thursday to start weighing the options about whether hiring an in-house city attorney would be more cost-effective than continuing to contract for legal services.

The council decided last week to temporarily extend outside attorney Barbara Patterson’s contract for legal services for three months.

The contract calls for paying her firm $12,784.92 per month, plus incidentals.

The three-month extension would allow time to gather information and decide whether to hire an in-house attorney or continue contracting for legal service in the future, councilors decided.

Councilors held a workshop, inviting Mike Stone, in-house attorney for the City of Hobbs, to share his expertise and background knowledge Login to read more

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