I find the fight the Council has picked with Chris Melcher distressing. The Council is turning what is no doubt a difficult job into an impossible situation by insisting that each side have its own lawyer - as if the Council and Mayor were adverse parties in litigation. Before Chris Melcher was hired, I actually interviewed with the Mayor to be City Attorney. Like Melcher, I had no prior government experience. And I supported the "wrong" party - something the Mayor didn't care about a bit. I had never met the Mayor before then, but it struck me that he was just looking to hire the most qualified lawyer he could find. Given all the infighting, I can't imagine that the City could attract a better lawyer than Melcher if Council somehow managed to fire him. Or if he just gets so fed up with the nonsense that he decides to quit.
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