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July 24, 2013

Council names special counsel

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council Tuesday appointed a special counsel to handle an open records request filed by a local attorney, who is seeking additional information concerning the city’s dealings with L-3 Mission Integration.

Attorney Joe Weis is seeking copies of communications from former Mayor Tom Oliver,  former city manager Steven Alexander and former city attorney Brent A. Money. Weis is also seeking copies of Money’s communications with anybody mentioning the defense contractor, as well as copies of communications between the three former city officials and Mike Moran, an attorney who had previously been dealing with the dispute between the city and L-3.

The Council met for almost 90 minutes in an executive session Tuesday, in part to consult with City Attorney Daniel Ray on the hiring of a special counsel to handle the Public Information Act Request Weis submitted July 17, “and to advise the council on any future issue related to the City Attorney’s Office.”

Upon returning to regular session, the Council voted unanimously to retain the Greenville law firm of Curtis, Alexander, McCampbell and Morris as special counsel.

In the request, Weis said he represents “a group of concerned City of Greenville taxpayers” who are asking for information, specifically any documents created by Money in his efforts to address an earlier public information request, submitted by Weis on May 8.

In that request, Weis indicated he represented “a concerned City of Greenville taxpayer”, a woman, who was seeking copies of all communications between Money, Oliver and Moran since January 1; copies of all communications between Alexander, Oliver and Moran since January 1; copies of all communications between Money and anybody else since January 1 which mention L-3 by name; and copies of all communications between Alexander and anybody else since January 1 which mention L-3 by name.

The Council voted in February to approve a non-disclosure agreement with L-3 Mission Integration, prior to negotiations starting on a new lease agreement for the defense contractor at Majors Field.

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