Council hires Brown, firm as city attorney

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

Attorney Robert Brown

The City of Glen Rose has named a new city attorney.

On Monday night at its regular meeting, the Glen Rose City Council chose Robert Brown, a founding partner of Brown & Hofmeister in Richardson, as the attorney to represent the city at council meetings.

Brown’s firm represents the cities of McKinney, Flower Mound, Runaway Bay, Kemp and others. Brown also is the city attorney of Keene east of Cleburne.

Last month his firm and Taylor Olson Adkins Sralla & Elam in Fort Worth made presentations to the council.

Brown said his firm’s associate lawyers would be available to the council “24/7” by phone, email, Skype, video conferencing and the Internet. He also said he would be available Monday evenings to attend council meetings in person for a flat fee.

Council members said Monday night that they liked the firm had video conferencing capabilities and the flat fee structure, which they felt would save taxpayers money.

Johnny Martin moved to hire Brown & Hofmeister. Sandra Ramsay seconded the motion.

The vote was unanimous.

Brown’s areas of concentration are municipal law, constitutional law, civil rights, zoning and land use matters, and litigation and appellate work. He has argued cases before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of Texas cities.

However, the council decided to hire a Granbury attrorney, Clayton Bryant, to represent the city in municipal court proceedings to save money.

Bryant, who is a member of Cindy Tisdale’s firm, offered to represent the city for a flat fee of $500 per municipal court session, which he suggested should take place every six weeks.

In addition, Bryant would charge an additional $750 per jury trial.

Current City Attorney Andrew Lucas, who was elected county attorney and will take that post on Jan. 1, said jury trials “don’t happen very often.”

Councillman Bryant, who is not related to the Granbury attorney, added  that hiring someone local “could save some extra dollars.”

 

 

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