Meridian Star

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May 15, 2014

Goggans to leave as city attorney

MERIDIAN —     Mayor Percy Bland is making a change in legal representation for the city.

    Bland confirmed on Wednesday that the city would not be renewing City Attorney Michael Goggans' contract at the end of June.

    "We have entered into a discussion with a local law firm that could serve as the city attorney and we anticipate bringing a proposed contract to the city council in June," Bland said.

    He did not disclose the name of the firm that the city is in negotiations with.

    "We've been pleased with Michael Goggans work as city attorney and after discussions with Mr. Goggans, all parties agreed that the city would be best served by a larger law firm with broad-based capabilities," Bland said.

    Bland said the city would still be working with Goggans on several ongoing projects. Goggans was Bland's choice for city attorney when he first took office in July, 2013. Contacted by telephone on Wednesday, Goggans said the change wasn't a surprise.

    "We've been discussing this for months and it's a function of what resources I can provide to the city," Goggans said. "We're in agreement that with the current needs of the city that a larger firm that has more attorneys is advantageous to the city."

    Goggans said by law, a city attorney has a yearly contract, unlike city department heads who are confirmed for the  entire term of the mayor. He will continue working on some city business.

    "The mayor and I have talked about me continuing to work with the city on several cases and other projects that are ongoing. We are working on the details now," Goggans said.

    He said the past year has been a good experience for him.

    "I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Meridian this past year. It's been an amazing experience. I've worked with some fantastic people," Goggans said. "I thank the mayor and the city council for the support they have shown me throughout this year. I wish them all success in the future as we move Meridian forward. As always, I am ready and willing to assist the city in any way I am requested to."

    Goggans said he will continue his work as city attorney through the end of June.

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