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Councilman: Conflict with city attorney may go to court

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By Laura Hagan

As the La Grange City Council meeting began Monday night, council member Jason Taylor addressed an incident that took place at the council’s November meeting.

“Obviously there is a difference in opinion between the council and the mayor regarding the city attorney issue,” Taylor said. 

At the Nov. 3 meeting, Mayor Elsie Carter addressed the issue of Graham Whatley’s nomination as city attorney and said council members didn’t have the right to deny his nomination. 

When Taylor tried to ask a question, Carter banged her gavel and declared him “out of order.” 

When she asked a police officer in the courtroom to escort Taylor out, he left on his own accord, as well as several other council members. Afterward, the council lacked quorum and adjourned. 

Since Whatley has withdrawn from a case he was involved in as a prosecutor against the Oldham County PVA – a stipulation of his approval for the position – the question is now whether he can assume the city attorney position for the city, after the council disapproved his nomination on Oct. 6.

“The mayor and council disagree,” Taylor said. “This is an issue of law that we will work to resolve in the immediate future and may require court intervention.”

Taylor said Monday the council had important city business to conduct and wants to move forward with future meetings “until the city attorney issue is fully resolved.”

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