Miles away?

From what the N&R was able to discern , it sounds to me like Councilman Methany initially got swept up by his anti-Miles collegues but then was subjected to a little ‘straighting out’ by unknown influences.  (Update: Holder has a theory)

Although I agree with the previously assembled five voters that Miles should be moved on down the road ASAP,  Councilman Perkins’ point about Methany’s newly-minted glasnost is well taken: ”I didn’t think it was something to bring to the forefront without talking to the (city) manager. You can’t run an organization based on what looks good in the newspaper.”

The flap could have been handled better and more professionally, but I’ll attribute it this Council’s promised committment to mo’ better transparency.  This time, a majority of them erred on the other side of the issue.

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  1. Brenda Bowers
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    I don’t see a flap David. I do however see the City Manager now having to get busy hiring another attorney after the sweetheart contract (which no doubt Miles authored) so that Johnson could offer his favorite lawyer a going away present seems to have back fired.
    Now my concern is that the gullible City Council will believe Anderson-Buie and hire Miles for the 60 days she is on notice. This would net her approximately $44,160. before the tax payers can get rid of her.

  2. Posted January 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    David, I thought the interesting part of the article was that the process of hiring a new city attorney was proceeding and may be close to ending. If so, I think this is a bad idea. My thoughts are here:

  3. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    David, Zack seems to be having a little trouble getting comfortable and into his city council rhythm.
    from MMB blog:
    Tony Wilkins said:
    I’ll go out on a limb here and predict it wasn’t Matheny who changed Matheny’s mind.

  4. Spag
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I think Johnson has a conflict of interest with the City and should be removed from the City Attorney selection process.

  5. Posted January 11, 2008 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Linda’s contract should be voided and destroyed simply because she can’t seem to follow the law all of the time.

    see 5 and 6.

    read another post here:

    Hogg: Love to hear your thoughts about the leak of Albright’s personnel file. Did you know that is a criminal act?

  6. Spag
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    “”It’s not an option to give her zero hours” during that period, Peterson-Buie said.”

    Not true. An attorney can only be paid for work performed or they violate state ethics rules. Miles can’t be given work that is unnecessary just so she can bill the client.

  7. Posted January 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    $91.x/hour is high? My engineers get more per hour than that.

    But then again, I’ve said repeatedly that if I didn’t have to sleep with a lawyer, I’d probably never speak to one again. Ever.

    (35 years and counting upward)

  8. Posted January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    The Status Quo is trying to deem Miles a personnel issue as a means to keep the truth out of the light but let me remind everyone that Miles is NO Longer a City Employee and is in-fact a contractor so every aspect of her current relationship with the City SHOULD be made 100% public just as if she were running a fleet of dump trucks and digging foundations.

    Don’t let that low life Melvin get a handle on this or we’ll end up with a hundred more just like Johnson and Miles.

  9. Paul
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I’n not sure why this is a big deal. The City Attorney is a high profile position. I actually think it was a good idea to bring her back in the interim while they search for a permanent replacement. This was a smart move by the City Manager in my opinion. Lawsuits and legal matters dont stop so why not have the former city attorney fill in and help train and bring the replacement up to speed on pending issues. Makes sense to me.

  10. Tony Wilkins
    Posted January 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Did you just arrive in Greensboro last night?
    Did you ever consider the lawsuits and legal matters you speak of may be BECAUSE of that former city attorney?
    Just asking.

  11. Gatecity Keeper
    Posted January 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m starting to sniff a possible 5 votes for the good guys, forget this issue for a minute. This could be fun.