Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sun Valley moves to retain outside law firm

City wants confidentiality as it initiates forensic audit


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

A Boise-based law firm will be on retainer for the city of Sun Valley as it pursues a forensic audit.

Clayton Gill, with Moffatt Thomas, and Rick Smith, with Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, appeared before the City Council on Monday to present qualifications and answer questions.

Following the presentations, the council authorized Mayor Dewayne Briscoe to sign a letter of engagement with Moffatt Thomas.

"Our goal is to examine the administration of the city and some allegations that were in an internal investigative report, and that we ascertain what these are, explore them and bring closure to our citizens and to the city as quickly as possible," Briscoe said. "It's been a very divisive, very divisive issue in our city."

The city will pay a $10,000 retainer fee for the firm, as well as hourly rates and other costs.

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Part of the reason city officials want involvement of an external law firm is to have attorney-client privilege.

"It's to keep legal matters confidential to protect all parties," Briscoe said in an interview.

The forensic audit will be performed by the Seattle office of Hagen, Streiff, Newton & Oshiro.

"Hopefully, this will provide answers for not only the council, but will provide some answers for the community," Briscoe said.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com

New deputy city clerk appointed

The Sun Valley City Council on Monday voted to seat a new deputy city clerk. Julia Kinsey-Lovey, recently hired to serve as the city's administrative receptionist and assistant to the treasurer, city clerk and mayor, was appointed to the position. She will perform duties of City Clerk Kelly Ek, who requested leave for personal reasons, Mayor Dewayne Briscoe said in an interview. "Julia has been groomed for additional duties in the city," Briscoe said. "Because of her extensive abilities and training, we're elevating her to other positions."




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