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May 1, 2014

Action needed before Lynch Dallas is hired

CLINTON — The Clinton City Council will enter an interim arrangement with new city attorney firm Lynch Dallas tonight during a special meeting. However, this move is not motivated by the same reasons as the temporary agreement with predecessor Frey, Haufe and Current.

Because Clinton is engaging in a new city-to-firm arrangement over the recently vacated employed attorney approach, councilmembers must vote to reorganize city ordinances. Since that process hasn’t been finalized, a long-term agreement with Lynch Dallas will be put on hold.

“It basically comes down to the ordinance,” City Administrator Jessica Kinser said. “The mayor can’t approve something without the ordinance being in place.”

She added Lynch Dallas’ tasks should not be affected, and everything in the current contract will hold aside from the long-term language. Mayor Mark Vulich has been advised not to sign the firm’s contract until the ordinances are reworded.

When the city formally approved the hire, Kinser said the ordinance would include a definition of the term “legal services,” which spell out that an attorney individual or a contracted law firm could serve in the city attorney role.

Tonight’s special meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. within City Hall’s council chambers.

Brenden West can be reached at



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