He’s an elected official in the government of the City of Nashville.
Here’s his web site: http://www.jasonholleman.com
Jason Holleman may be a fine fellow. We are impressed with his resume. He’s been practicing law for about ten years now and has some experience with municipal law.
But he has a conflict of interest.
Mt. Juliet has competing interests with the City of Nashville on dozens of issues: Road projects, sewer projects, sewer rates, commuter rail, and homeland security funding just to name a few right off the top of our heads.
If there’s a fight over commuter rail funding, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on?
If there’s a fight over the rates Nashville charges Mt. Juliet for sewer treatment, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on?
If the City Commission and City Manager need legal advice in negotiating a legal contract with the City of Nashville, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on?
If Nashville and Mt. Juliet get into a fight over where the Central Pike interchange will be located, whose side will the City Attorney/Nashville City Councilman be on?
The conflict can’t be resolved by Mr. Holleman simply recusing himself from certain matters. As a full-time city employee, the City Attorney will be privy to all of Mt. Juliet’s strategies, and have an inside knowledge of it’s strengths and weaknesses. How could this possibly NOT benefit Nashville, and undercut Mt. Juliet?
Jason Holleman may be a fine fellow, but no man can serve two masters.
What in the world was City Manager Randy Robertson thinking? Or Mayor Elam and the city commission?