Mayor Yepsen Bills City For Ethics Board Legal Fees

At today’s City Council Agenda meeting Mayor Yepsen placed on her agenda for tomorrow night’s Council meeting, a request that the Council approve a letter of engagement with the Harris Beach law firm for its representation of her before the City Ethics Board.  The letter indicated that the rate being charged will be $230.00 per hour.  At the agenda meeting, Mayor Yepsen did not indicate what the actual cost would be.

The letter from Beach required that she sign the document and return it to them before they could represent her.  The letter was dated May 19, approximately two and a half months ago.

According to Commissioner Michele Madigan, such an engagement letter needed to be approved by the Council prior to the Mayor signing it.

In a prepared statement Commissioner Madigan stated:

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting Mayor Yepsen will be asking the council to approve a letter of engagement from Harris Beach  Law Firm for its representation of her before the City Ethics Board.  City procedures require that Council members seek prior approval before incurring liabilities for which the city will be responsible.  The engagement letter, however,  is dated May 19th.  It is most unfortunate that Mayor Yepsen has waited until now to seek Council approval.  It places the members of the Council in an extremely awkward situation as this request asks us to violate an extremely important city policy/procedure.

I solicited a response from Mayor Yepsen but as of this posting, I have not heard from her.

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2 thoughts on “Mayor Yepsen Bills City For Ethics Board Legal Fees”

  1. OK – let me get this straight. Mayor breaks the law, then wants the people she is supposedly representing to pay for her lawyers? Just when you think you’ve seen it all….. When is enough enough? The lies, the accusations, the backdoor McTygue deals…. Folks? The mayor’s gotta go. It’s really that simple. SHE is the reason for the problems on the council, period. If you haven’t figured it out yet – you will soon enough.

    #TheMayorsGottaGo

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