As the Richmond County legislative delegation in Atlanta debates straightening out the role of the Augusta attorney, let's remember that, during the consolidation debate, the intent was never to replace the new city's main attorney.
If one reads the language of the merger law carefully, it simply allows the government to add a staff lawyer or lawyers. It was always contemplated that any staff attorney hired would be for routine tasks only, and that the legal business of Augusta-Richmond County would still be handled by the main outside attorney. In fact, most studies show an outside (rather than an in-house) attorney is best -- especially since there's more independence of judgment.
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