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(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 9/06/2013 4:06 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton continues to push for in house legal representation, but not everyone is on board.

Tupelo City Council members remain divided over the mayor's desire to cut ties with Mitchell, McNutt and Sams after decades of service.

He contends in-house counsel would save money.

When asked for his opinion, Tupelo City Attorney Guy Mitchell tells WTVA, "It's unfortunate this issue of the city's legal counsel is up for public discussion. We believe the issue is to get good legal representation for the city at a reasonable price and we stand ready to cooperate with whatever the final decision is with the mayor and council."

"You know, we don't need to farm out doing a deed or drafting a simple contract or reviewing purchase decisions or things like that. All of that could be done in-house at a great savings to the taxpayers of Tupelo."

The question remains if one attorney would be enough.

McNutt says their law firm routinely has up to twelve lawyers working for city.

He goes on to say the law firm has charged the same rate for the last three to four years and before that they charged the same rate for ten years.

The firm submits an annual proposed contract to the city.
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