Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In an unusual move, Snellville City Council approved hiring a second city attorney during its recent meeting.
It's not something that city governments normally do, but the city of Snellville is moving forward with choosing another city attorney -- just for the city council. Council members said the rare move became necessary after Mayor Kelly Kautz appointed Stuart Oberman as the city attorney. Since then, Oberman's credentials and fees have been questioned, leading to an impasse in paying him. City Council is planning to bring in Webb, Tanner, Powell, Mertz & Wilson, LLP to represent them. That is the firm of former city attorney Tony Powell. Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, who brought the measure before council, said he hopes the move is "very temporary, and that we get to a position where we can have one city attorney to represent the mayor and …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Just in case people want to know the interim attorney's background, we are sharing his résumé with the public.
Staurt Oberman is Snellville's interim city attorney. He was appointed in November by Mayor Kelly Kautz. Despite serving in the capacity of city attorney, city officials have not yet agreed to pay him. He is owed $14,015, including more than $10,000 for adminsitrative services. We've tracked down his résumé, just in case you want to see what it says. See the attached PDF document.
As of Monday's council meeting, the city of Snellville had not paid Stuart Oberman for his services. He is owed more than $14,000.
Updated 4 p.m., January 30, 2012: Snellville Patch will close this poll at 5 p.m. on the Friday before the next council meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13. Updated 6:36 p.m., January 26, 2012: According to a letter sent December 1, 2012, the interim city attorney agreed to represent the city at a reduced rate of $150 an hour. This new information is reflected below in a revised version of the original article. Snellville's interim city attorney Stuart Oberman is owed more than $14,000, according to data received from city officials. In November, newly elected Mayor Kelly Kautz promptly appointed Oberman to replace Tony Powell, who had served as city attorney since 2010. Powell had been appointed by former Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer. …