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Controversial city attorney's bills paid in Snellville

SNELLVILLE -- City attorney bills have been paid in Snellville, but the controversy surrounding the city's lawyer remains.

Mayor Kelly Kautz recently told City Manager Russell Treadway to pay the overdue bill of Stuart Oberman, the man she appointed city attorney when she took office in November.

The City Council never approved Oberman's rates and balked at his bills, causing him to resign from the job last month. Councilman Tom Witts said Kautz had no right to authorize the payment of just under $30,000 with the council questions still pending.

"I don't know what we do," said Witts, the mayor pro tem. "It's just another (example of) not respecting the council members."

But Kautz said the new city attorney Kevin Tallant will present a report at Monday's counicil meeting stating not paying the bill could have put the city in jeopardy of a lawsuit.

Because of the disagreement on Oberman, the council members named their own lawyer, Tony Powell, who had served as the previous city attorney. Witts said that bill has never been turned over to the city, but he said it would be eventually.

For now, both sides are standing behind the new appointment of Tallant.

"We're hoping Mr. Tallant works out and we don't have to use (Powell) much longer," Witts said. "We don't know what happens now. All we know is this has not been done by the book."

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Karl 2 years, 4 months ago

Klowny Kautz strikes again.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

Now THAT'S entertainment!!

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HonestIngine 2 years, 4 months ago

CITIZENS OF PEACHTREE CORNERS....LOOK AT THIS WATCH YOUR POCKETS...

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HonestIngine 2 years, 4 months ago

I bet Tallant, put alot of thought into that statement, Just existence puts you in jeopardy of a lawsuit. Are you kidding me.... I'm sure Tallant charged the city for his 2 minutes of time. probably, X#$... this is a problem with all these cities, grow, grow, grow, at taxpayers expense..

When are the citizens of Gwinnett County going to see thru all this. We do not need all these cities in this county... Too many Chiefs and no Indians...

One Governement for the county.... Save us taxpayers some money, instead of taxing us to death....

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

Give us Liberty - Give us Bloomberg! Ah, um, wait a minute now ...

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Sthrnldy 2 years, 4 months ago

The saga of the Kautz legacy continues. I wonder if her supporters are feeling any sort of voter's remorse at this point? Oberholtzer needs to come out with a "Miss me yet?" t-shirt and bumper stickers for citizens to sport around Snellville!

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mickey 2 years, 4 months ago

Another blatant abuse of power. The Mayor should never have the power to sign off on what she alone procured!

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

It’s actually an example of government expense reduction, who needs the other council members anyway?

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Danielle 2 years, 4 months ago

Talk about ripping off the taxpayers. I read the e-mails that council people wrote about Obermann's outrageous charges and there's a lot more to this than is talked about in the article. Seems as though the not so good mayor Kautz appointed an attorney who didn't know what he was doing so she could tell him what to do. When other people objected about the way the guy was ripping off the city she didn't do anything and then she goes and pays his $30,000 bill behind everyone else's back. What a sad excuse for a mayor. What a sad excuse for a person. Who voted for this woman if you can call her that.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

Just flexing her wings a bit, next stop who knows maybe a county level district seat?

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Danielle 2 years, 4 months ago

Heaven help us. The commission has finally gotten past its ethics problems. We don't need any more and that's what you would have with Kautz.

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