Commission overrides mayor’s veto on status of County Attorney
Mayor and commissioners still at odds over who can hire or fire Rheubin Taylor
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – The dispute between the Hamilton County Commission and new county mayor Weston WAMP reached new heights this morning, as the commission unanimously decided to override for vetoes issued by the mayor last Friday.
All but one resolution focused on the current status and future role of long term county attorney Rheubin Taylor by unanimous vote.
The Commission upheld Taylor’s contract which is set to expire in 2024.
However, Mayor WAMP has insisted that he has the right to select the county attorney.
He has won contracts.
“Traditionally, it is only a one contract with an appointed person, not a single director or administrator. This county has a contract for their employment except by tradition. The county attorney I would argue that tradition was started to entrench the county attorney.”
Councilman Chip Baker admits they are still at odds with the mayor on this.
“We’re working very diligently as a commission to work with our mayor. But we’ve been at an impasse over the county attorney. And for us, we want to partner with the mayor and but it’s about the process that for whatever reason, there’s a belief on the mayor’s part that you can do what he’s doing and we disagree.”
It is still up in the air if the dispute will go to court or how Taylor’s contract will be held if he is indeed released from his position.
We also learned today that attorney Taylor is suing Mayor Wamp, accusing him of confiscating personal records and files from his office. Taylor also said that his health insurance benefits were canceled on October 31. A temporary restraining order has been filed keeping Mr. Taylor as the county attorney.