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Wabasha County Attorney issues memorandum to board


WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Operations continued Tuesday for the Wabasha County Board without former County Administrator Dave Johnson.  Now that the board finally got what it wanted, there may have been some missteps along the way.

Assistant County Attorney, Michael Plante, issued a memorandum to the County Board.  Inside of the four-page pamphlet is a summary of his own legal opinion on how hiring outside council throughout the process of eliminating the administrator's position was unlawful.

For example, the memorandum states that the signing of the retainer agreement with outside council would violate Minnesota law because it would require outside council to represent the county in any "court related matters."  It also states that if the county board "enters into this agreement without consent of the County Attorney, the Board should expect litigation on this point."

County Commissioner Dave Harms opted to delay discussion on the memorandum because he felt the wording of the document was "coercive."  The Board agreed.

The matter will be brought up at the next County Board meeting.

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