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July 20, 2007

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cold as ice

State courts would decide who is right.


so no knows who is right yet.....

why is that?

Green Machine

I'm sure there are several legal arguments that will counter Mr. Moorlach's position. His assertion that the retroactive pension benefit is a "gift" may or may not hold water.

In 2002 the County entered into a contract with AOCDS who agreed to pass up on a significant pay increase which in turn helped to pay for the retroactive pension benefit. That hardly qualifies as a gift and sounds like a negotiated way to pay for the retroactive employees.

Whether or not the County entered into a foolish contract is dependant upon which side of the argument you stand on, but it is a contract and its illegality is far from decided.

I do have a question though. It appears that Mr. Norby and Mr. Moorlach hired an outside attorney to study this issue. Can they do that without approval of the entire board? If not, then there are certainly more issues to discuss about this matter and if they did do this with the blessing of all, then it appears that the vote would only be a formality. Anyone know?

Morning Coffee

Moorlach & Norby can hire a private attorney if they pay for it out of personal funds. They can not commit the County to pay for it without a vote of the BOS. That said, I wonder why County Council wasn't involved in this issue. They are the ones who look over the contracts and make certain they are legal. If this was an "illegal" action, where was County Council when it was being done?

I would like to know if they were ever asked for an opinion on this, and if so, what it was. It seems strange that two Supervisors would go to outside lawyers without at least asking for a preliminary opinion from County Council. Or maybe they did and didn't like the opinion?

redperegrine

"I wonder why County Council wasn't involved in this issue. They are the ones who look over the contracts and make certain they are legal. If this was an "illegal" action, where was County Council when it was being done?"

Ever wonder why the County's lawyers aren't in private practice, and why they are forever calling in "outside counsel" to tell them what to do? Maybe the whole office ought to be outsourced. Hmmm.

Meddlesome Nobody

It's County CounSEL. Arrrgggg....

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