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Brock tells supervisors to get a new lawyer

By Linda Wenger | Jul 22, 2013

In a July 17, 2013, letter to the Washington County Board of Supervisors from Washington County Attorney Larry Brock, Brock writes that due to a conflict of interest between his office and two county supervisors, his office will not be able to provide legal advice or opinions to the board of supervisors while the conflict is pending.

The letter also states that the county attorney's office will not be able to provide legal advice or opinions to any county department not headed by an independently elected official. The departments to which he will provide legal advice and opinions are the offices of auditor, treasurer, recorder and sheriff.

The departments that the county attorney's office will not provide legal advice and opinions are the Washington County Conservation Board, Washington County Engineer's office, Environmental Health, Public Health and Home Care department, Mental Health Disability Services, Planning and Zoning, Veterans Affairs and General Assistance.

"In addition, the pending conflict will prevent me from attending any board meetings if a supervisor is a member of that board," the letter reads. "This would include the E911 board, the Communications Commission and the Public Health Board."

Brock's letter states that the conflict may exist for six months or longer.

"in the meantime, I am requesting that you appoint a private attorney to provide legal advise and counsel to the Board as well as the departments that are not headed by an independently elected official," the letter states.

The letter offers no explanation of what the conflict of interest is.

The letter is on the Board of Supervisors' agenda for Tuesday morning, July 23. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the county courthouse.

See Tuesday's Washington Evening Journal for coverage of the Board of Supervisors meeting.

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