- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez has a new city attorney.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2aZSiST ) Mayor Darryl Grennell broke a 3-3 tie Tuesday to appoint Robert “Bob” Latham to the position. The vote came more than a month after the city’s July 1 appointment of city attorney Everett Sanders came into question. The board subsequently rescinded Sanders’ appointment.

Grennell and the aldermen met Tuesday in executive session for more than an hour prior to their regular meeting during which Latham and Sanders were nominated.

Sanders’ appointment has been a point of contention and a cause of public outcry. Much of the criticism stems from the fact that Sanders was city attorney when the city lost a judgment after failing to respond to an ongoing lawsuit by the court-appointed deadline.

Grennell had publicly tapped Latham as his choice for city attorney prior to taking office July 1. Just after the July 1 vote, Grennell said Sanders’ nomination and subsequent appointment blindsided him.

Though finalizing the city attorney appointment took a month and a handful of split votes, Grennell said after Tuesday’s meeting he is glad the matter is resolved and Latham has been appointed.

“It’s my belief that we’re going to move forward from this,” he said. “From the very beginning, I was under the impression the board was in concert with me until what happened at the first meeting, but I am glad Bob Latham is city attorney.”

Latham practices at Truly, Smith and Latham in Natchez.

Latham also has represented the Adams County Election Commission and the Adams County Board of Supervisors. Some of Latham’s time representing the county was during Grennell’s tenure as a county supervisor.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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