Taylor sues city attorney

What do you do when you can’t make a guest leave? And what if that guest is really a hired contractor? And you’re the city of Taylor, and that contractor is the city attorney. Sue him, says the city of Taylor.

The city filed suit Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court in an attempt to remove its city attorney. The dispute started when the newly elected Mayor Jeffrey Lamarand decided to replace city attorney Edward D. Plato with another lawyer, Randall Pentiuk, who agreed to work for $90 per hour.

According to the city, one of the greatest problems Plato will face is that just last year, he advised then-Mayor Cameron Priebe that the Mayor is allowed by charter to fire city employees, contractors, directors and department heads.

That assessment became inconvenient after Lamarand was elected in November, and soon after notified Plato that he would be removed as corporation cousnel According to the city, Plato’s annual fees to the city had averaged $560,000 over the subsequent three years, billed at a rate of $150 per hour, according to a spokesman for the city.

In 2007-2008 alone, Plato’s firm billed the City of Taylor over one-tenth of their annual deficit amount: $733,353.77. With the city facing a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall, Lamarand argued that Pentiuk’s rate is more budget-friendly.

According to the complaint, Plato claims that the City Council must approve his removal.

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