published Monday, February 28th, 2011

East Ridge council deadlocks on city attorney

by Chris Carroll

For now, East Ridge City Attorney John Anderson will keep his job.

With Councilman Darwin Branam at a second residence in Florida, the remaining councilmen tied 2-2 Monday night on a motion to terminate Anderson, disappointing residents who feel the attorney is overpaid.

“John Anderson needs to be fired, his contract does not need to be changed,” Mark Brandt wrote on Facebook hours before tonight’s special called meeting.

Since the council deadlocked, the matter moves to the next scheduled meeting — March 10.

Anderson has collected more than $90,383 in the first six months of the current fiscal year — $383 more than the city budgeted for the entire cycle, which ends June 30.

Records show he has billed for parking, phone calls, postage and meals.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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crimshaw said...

With the shape of the East Ridge City budget this John Anderson has no spine to keep taking the citizens money. How does this crap happen in America. This and many other issues will be the down fall of America.

February 28, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.
cannonball said...

That does not surprise me. After Johhny-Boy bills a few more times they will see the light and fire him. Of course they may see some green and keep him. Mayberry politics.

March 1, 2011 at 6:16 a.m.
TwinkleTN said...

I've had members of the church that Brent Lambert attends ask me to give him a chance. Well, I gave him a chance and he insisted on appointing a member to the council that cannot attend because he is at his second home in Florida, he did not want to give the fire and police a raise and has now given that extra money to an attorney that charges for bathroom breaks.

March 1, 2011 at 7:10 a.m.
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