Cleburne County Commission plans to hire new attorney
April 11, 2017
By Bill Wilson
The Anniston Star

The Cleburne County Commission on Monday night decided to look for another attorney to succeed longtime county attorney Doug Ghee, whose services have been retained by the commission for 22 years.

Commissioner Jake Durham proposed a resolution to hire the legal services of Alyssa Enzor on a month-to-month basis effective next month. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Emmett Owen, but not without reservations. Owen said he wants time to look at attorneys the other commission members might bring forth and to hear their input.

“This is a big decision, that we really need to meet this person face-to-face before we put someone to work for us,” Owen said during Monday night’s meeting.

After more discussion, Durham withdrew his proposal to give other commission members an input about the choice of attorney at the next work session.  It was also decided to keep Ghee as the attorney until the new one is in place.

“I’ll be willing to remain the attorney until you make a final decision,” Ghee said.

After the meeting Durham was steadfast about his proposal to replace Ghee.

“I think it’s time, everybody is wanting to make a change, that is the direction we have decided to go,” Durham said.

The commission also met in executive session.  Commission Chairman Ryan Robertson said it was about the county administrator’s contract with the county.  

“The county administrator has hired an attorney to communicate with our county attorney concerning his contract,” Robertson said.

County Administrator Steve Swafford was not at Monday’s meeting.

Owen also brought up issues of parking at the county courthouse.

“It’s a maze,” Owen said about the parking situation. He was concerned about public safety vehicles getting to the courthouse in an emergency if the parking lots were full. Owen said he is seeking solutions for additional parking during peak times for the courthouse.  
In other business, the commission unanimously approved its consent agenda for April, including the following:
— Approved the purchase of approximately $333,000 in asphalt and striping materials for road construction, as well as $6,000 in fencing repair at the county jail.
— Made adjustments to the 2017 budget to cover the purchase of two dump trucks and the sale of two other dump trucks.
— Approved a stipend for trustees from the Cleburne County Jail who do maintenance work. The money is for meals at local eateries at the expense of the county and billed to the maintenance department.
— Set a hearing for the closure and vacation of a section of County Road 603. The hearing will be June 5 at 5 p.m. in the library of the Cleburne County Mountain Center.
— Proclaimed April as National Community College Month.