Three attorneys were scheduled for interviews by the Denison City Council on Tuesday, May 28, in the second of two special meetings to select a city attorney.
Two of those interviewed on Tuesday did not request closed meetings.
The interview of Matt Brick, of Brick Gentry, P.C., a firm based in West Des Moines, was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.; and an interview of Brent Hinders, of Hopkins & Huebner, P.C., with offices in Des Moines, Quad Cities and Adel, was set to start at 6 p.m.
The interview of the third candidate was scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be done in a closed session.
On Friday, the city council conducted their first interview in a closed session. The minutes for the meeting state that no action was taken but add that Councilman David Loeschen asked other councilmembers their opinion on a city attorney living outside of town. The consensus of the council was that it has both pros and cons.
The last time a Denison City Council appointed a city attorney was at a special meeting on July 16, 1982.
Rick Franck, the current city attorney, was appointed to replace Richard Vipond, who had been appointed as a district court judge.
According to the city ordinances, the city attorney can remain in office until the end of the term of the city council which made the appointment or until a successor has been appointed and qualified.
Looking for a new city attorney was first brought up at the April 2 council meeting when former police chief Rod Bradley questioned George Blazek’s authority to serve as assistant city attorney because the city code does not contain language to allow a city attorney to appoint a member of his or her firm to serve as an assistant without council approval. At that time, Franck had not been at a council meeting for more than 10 months, and Bradley asked the council to direct Blazek to leave the council table.
Blazek, who is a member of the Franck, Sextro & Blazek, PLC, is still serving as the city’s attorney.
Later in April, the city began advertising for sealed bids for city attorney.