Commissioners could have relied on an opinion from city attorney Jason Holleman, but he said that’s not the best idea.
“I can render a legal opinion, but the commission is not obligated to follow my advice, so it may not resolve the issue even if I were to provide a written opinion to them,” Holleman said.
Haggerty said $10,000 is just a starting point. He believes it could be more. He said there’s an easy way out and it won’t cost taxpayers.
“I think they should take the high road and the right thing and step down,” Haggerty said.
Mt. Juliet has hired two attorneys to represent each side of the case. They are Frank Lannom and Kathryn Sasser.
The city hopes there will be a hearing and then a decision by the end of the year.