Tucker to hire new city attorney

Tucker City Attorney Brian Anderson

Tucker, GA — Tucker City Attorney Brian Anderson is moving on.

The city announced May 11, after a special called meeting, that Anderson’s contract will not be renewed when it expires on June 30. Anderson has served as the city attorney for 6 years.

Anderson, who is running for Georgia House District 80, had no statement.

City Council approved a one-year contract with Thompson, Sweeny, Kinsinger and Pereira, which names Thomas Baggett in the role of city attorney. Other attorneys from the firm may also assist with legal matters in Tucker, according to a letter from the firm.

Anderson was paid a retainer of $17,000 per month. Thompson Sweeny will bill a retainer of $16,800 per month for 80 hours of legal services per month to include attending city meetings and municipal court, drafting legal agreements and ordinances, handling real estate transactions and providing advice on planning, zoning, personnel, legislative matters and open records.

Baggett is a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School. He has more than 20 years of experience working with local, state, regional and federal government officials.

Baggett has provided legal counsel, policy development, operational assistance and advocacy services on behalf of Georgia governments through his work with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia and with the Georgia Municipal Association, a press release said.

“I have watched Tucker’s success since the start of the cityhood process, and I am excited to join such a dedicated team of public servants,” said Baggett. “The city was set up on a solid foundation, and I look forward to being a part of its bright future.”

Mayor Frank Auman said Anderson was an indispensable part of Tucker’s growth.

“As we continue to expand our level of service and look toward the future, we are experiencing a need for additional legal support. We are grateful to Brian for his many years of service and wish him well in all of his endeavors,” said Auman.

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