For the past eighteen years, Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton, & Simmons, PLLC have represented the City of Meridian. However, in a resignation letter sent to the mayor’s office along with city council, that is about to change. “They did send myself and the council members a resignation letter on Thursday, and we’re just waiting to come back from the holidays, and then we’ll be ready to look for another city attorney and firm and move forward,” said Mayor Percy Bland.
The firm announced in this resignation letter that they will not extend their contract that ends on June 30th. Within the letter, they say on numerous occasions their legal advice to governing authorities has been ignored. “Because there has been so many things happening between both branches of government and all of this stuff that’s been going on, I guess it comes to a point where you have to decide whether or not you want to stick with this, or move on,” said Councilwoman Kim Houston.
The firm says they have attempted to faithfully provide competent legal advice and have sought to avoid any accusations of favoring one form of branch over another. “I’m somewhat disappointed, but, at the same time, maybe it might be a good thing to have some new eyes, new people looking at our current situation, as it relates to the legalities of what we have to deal with as a city,” said Houston. In closing, the firm says they are privileged to have served the city and that they want the administration and council to focus on promoting the community.
You can read the full letter attached here: