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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "Allen County altering attorney terms to save cash"

Vivian Sade reported August 23rd in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

A change in the way Allen County government hires attorneys is expected to save the county thousands of dollars, a lawyer who is leaving his post says.

After 28 years serving the Allen County commissioners and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, John Feighner is stepping down as assistant county attorney.

The commissioners approved a new contract with Feighner’s firm, Haller & Colvin PC, on Friday and approved Feighner’s son, Spencer Feighner, to fill the post. The county employs one main attorney and three assistants at this time.

“Historically, county attorneys have been treated as employees with salaries and retirement and insurance benefits,” Feighner said. Under the new arrangement, county attorneys will be paid contracted rates and will not receive benefits, he said.

The commissioners also approved a similar contract that will take effect Jan. 1 with Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin LLP, the law firm of County Attorney Bill Fishering.

Fishering has also worked for the county for 28 years and will continue in his position under the new terms.

Feighner’s benefits and salary cost the county $53,000 a year, said Chris Cloud, executive assistant to the commissioners.

Under the new contract, assistant county attorneys will receive a flat rate of $2,916 a month or $35,000 a year.

Next year, Fishering will be paid $65,000 annually with no benefits, a savings to the county of about $8,000, Cloud said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 24, 2014 01:12 PM
Posted to Indiana Government