McNally out as county attorney

Tue, 07/17/2007 - 4:42pm
By: The Citizen

McNally is out as county’s attorney

A tenure of nearly three decades came to an end Thursday night, despite the protestation of six former Fayette County Commission chairmen.

Bill McNally’s term as county attorney did not end quietly, and continues to dominate the news, as a letter in today’s edition indicates. (See Page A4 for the letter and publisher Cal Beverly’s opinion.)

In the letter, the chairmen, Jerry Barronton, Harold Bost, Greg Dunn, Rick Price, George Patton and Steve Wallace, wondered about the motives surrounding McNally’s dismissal.

“So why are they getting rid of him? It’s hard to figure out. The only reason mentioned was that an ‘in-house attorney’ might save some money. Yet the staff completed an analysis which concluded no savings would be achieved by creating an in-house legal department. We do note that Commissioner Maxwell made removal of Bill McNally one of his highest priorities during his campaign. Is this a political payback?” wrote the chairmen.

During Thursday’s meeting, former Chairman George Patton pointed out the current commission wouldn’t be conducting meetings in the current building without McNally’s aid.

“On one cold January morning, Bill McNally and I went down to Atlanta and signed a contract on this building,” he said.

Patton can’t figure out why the county wanted to get rid of somebody with McNally’s legal experience.

Former Chairman Harold Bost called McNally the “best there is at what he does” and questioned whether the commission would really save money.

“You can keep Bill at the same price as hiring an inexperienced in-house attorney,” he added.

By far the most vocal former chairman was Greg Dunn. Dunn blamed the removal of McNally as part of a “personal agenda.”

“There may be some vendetta from the past or professional reasons, but we don’t know,” he added.

Dunn deemed the loss of McNally’s firm as a blow to the county and said there was no way that an inexperienced lawyer could bring the courtroom and legal experience that McNally contributed over the last three decades.

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Submitted by Vernon on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 10:02am.

You have some nreve tossing stones about personal agendas and political payback! That's all you did when in office, we kicked you out - so why don't you just move away and pester another county. The present board has done a far better job in their short time than the previous board (Dunn & his sidekick Wells) did in their entire time. GREAT JOB to the current board & keep up the good work!!

Submitted by wheeljc on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 8:41pm.

With all due respect to former commissioners, based on comments made at the Thursday night meeting (as reported), makes one wonder why they were elected and not Mr. McNally! To hear them tell it now, Mr. McNally was really their brains; their water boy; and their backbone. Perhaps a better question: if Mr. McNally really liked being an unelected commissioner, and really had the heart of Fayette County in 'top of mind', WHY DID HE NOT RUN FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER? (Or, could it possibly be, there just wasn't enough money in it??)

Submitted by tonto707 on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 7:18pm.

Patton!!! No building without McNally? What a crock. Lawyers like McNally are everywhere.

The study I heard about indicated an in house attorney at a cost of $180,000, a savings of $200,000 plus. We understand Dunn that you goaded McNally into the lawsuits you lost and that you feel obligated to defend him now, but it's time for the county attorney and you to move on.

Today's ships don't sail on yesterday's winds. It's time to quit whining about changes made by a new governing authority.

And Cal, time to quit giving a voice to the losers.

Submitted by dollaradayandfound on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 3:28am.

Just how rich has the old attorney gotten in that job? Did his connections help him any? What is he worth?

Submitted by wheeljc on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 9:17pm.

....and to the other three commissioners who voted 'yes'. Unlike previous commissioners, they are trying to fulfill their campaign promises!! THANKS!!

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 7:21pm.

I mean lawyers are a dime a dozen. I have rocks in my yard that work harder and are more honest.

Submitted by Vernon on Wed, 07/18/2007 - 10:05am.

I totally agree with you, sometimes you need to change the guard.

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