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Directors choose Wells as legal counsel

 

KINGMAN – The special meeting of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District Board May 31 lasted just 10 minutes.

 

The board approved a preliminary budget totaling $5.2 million that would keep the current $3.12 secondary property tax levy in play in the coming fiscal year.

The board also considered proposals from two attorneys who previously served as legal counsel to the district during different periods of time. Directors selected Kingman lawyer Charlotte Wells over Prescott-based Bill Whittington.

Board members noted that Wells is local and immediately accessible while Whittington is 140 miles away and bills for drive time.

“I think Charlotte brings the most value for the dollar,” Clerk Mike Collins said of the contract that will provide a $2,000 monthly retainer.

“I agree. For the money we’re putting out, Charlotte’s the better pick, said Director Erik Berg.

The board directed interim Chief Tim King to gather a list of firms that the district might use in taking a lead role in recruiting a new fire chief.

Former Chief Wayne Eder was fired during the May 23 meeting, though Eder claims the action and meeting was illegal and that he is still in charge of the fire district.

The board also agreed that Wells should work to bring district bylaws and policies up to date.

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