September 23, 2009 9:38:00 AM
Tim Pratt -
STARKVILLE -- After more than two months with an interim city attorney, the Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday finally agreed on an official replacement.
During an executive session, aldermen voted 5-0 in favor of hiring Chris Latimer to serve as city attorney. He will be paid $95 per hour, or no more than $95,000 per year, Mayor Parker Wiseman said. If Latimer spends time working on bond issues, he will be paid $190 per hour, though the increase in pay will not be counted toward his $95,000 per year limit, Wiseman said. Latimer works at Mitchell McNutt & Sams in Columbus.
Ward 3 Alderman Eric Parker and Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey did not attend the meeting and did not vote.
Latimer, who could not be reached for comment, replaces Interim City Attorney Dolton McAlpin, who has served as the city''s legal counsel since July in place of Rodney Faver, who resigned to become Starkville Municipal Court judge. Faver replaced former Municipal Court Judge William Eshee, who retired June 30.
In other city business, aldermen agreed to close Lampkin Street from South Montgomery Street to Worley Street on Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of a citywide tailgating event. The board received a request from Bell Building Supply to close the section of Lampkin in preparation for the grilling and tailgating which is set to take place.
Aldermen voted 5-0 in favor of the street closure.