The Meridian City Council has confirmed Burr & Forman, LLP. out of Birmingham, Alabama to be the city’s new attorney. “I’ve represented city municipalities throughout my career, including one case for the city of Meridian about four or five years ago. So, that’s how I met Mayor Bland and began to get to know the city of Meridian as an adult,” said Kermit Kendrick with the firm. Kendrick grew up in Meridian and graduated from Meridian High School in 1985. He will be the city’s primary attorney. “When you are a city attorney, there’s a myriad of legal issues that confront you every day. No two days are the same. So, I look forward to the challenge of giving good, solid advice so the mayor and the city council can effectively move the city forward,” said Kendrick.
Meridian’s current city attorney, Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton, and Simmons, PLLC., will serve until June 30th. They recently made the decision to not represent the city of Meridian and, in an official statement, said they made every attempt to represent the city fairly. They believe their advice was not being followed but that they wish the city the best in the future. “I had a chance to meet with him last week and laid out some of the issues we’ve been facing with our city attorneys. We talked about ways that we can address that and make things better and not fall into those same issues for the next year. We also put together a bit of a ninety-day-plan moving forward on some things that we can accomplish together in terms of drafting new city ordinances and policies like that, said Ward 5 Councilman Weston Lindemann, who has a history of not agreeing with Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton, and Simmons, PLLC., but Kendrick says he is going to make a solid effort to represent the administration and council equally.“I don’t work for the mayor; I serve at this pleasure. I don’t work for the council; they will have to confirm me. I work for the city of Meridian. So, whenever I confront a legal problem, I’m hoping to give advice that’s in the best interest of our city.” Kendrick says the firm will open an office here in meridian but that he personally doesn’t plan to move back to meridian in the near future. He will begin on July 1st.