Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Supervisor Emmitt Marshall wants attorney in code compliance
Supervisors tonight approved of Interim County Administrator Doug Barnes’ effort to reinvent how the local government operates. You can read about that in tomorrow’s paper, but supervisors didn’t say a whole lot, other than praise for their workforce.
But at the end of the meeting, Supervisor Emmitt Marshall wanted to add something to the government reorganizing, and it caught County Attorney Jacob Stroman by surprise. Marshall said he wants one of Stroman’s attorneys to be in the Code Compliance Office at least three times a week. Originally, Marshall wanted to have the discussion behind closed doors, but that’s not legal. You can only discuss the performance of the County Attorney and the County Administrator behind closed doors—people the board can fire and hire.
So, after failing to have the discussion behind closed doors, Marshall just came right out and said he wanted Stroman to put an attorney in that office. He said it takes too long to get some jobs done because there is no attorney present in the office to give legal advice and sign off on plats.
Stroman said he had some concerns with having one of his attorneys out of the office that much, with the other duties they have to do. Stroman said he already has one attorney work with the Planning Department once a week.
“We are in an economic recession, close to a depression, and certainly the workload in the County Attorney’s Office is not as much as it was two or three years ago,” Marshall replied.
Supervisors decided to add this to the list of items to be reviewed in this government reorganization effort.