Henderson council OKs rates for Garman Turner Gordon representing officials in suit

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Updated August 8, 2018 – 2:11 am

The Henderson City Council on Tuesday night approved compensation rates for several independent law firms that will represent city officials named in a lawsuit filed by former police chief Patrick Moers.

The lawsuit, filed in Clark County District Court in June, accuses Mayor Debra March and other city officials of soliciting false sexual misconduct allegations against Moers and damaging his reputation. He seeks more than $50,000 in damages.

The city is enlisting the help of several law firms at a rate of $350 per hour for attorneys and $100 per hour for paralegals. The firms are Garman Turner Gordon LLP; Peterson Baker PLLC; Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey, and Thompson; and Snell and Wilmer LLP.

“The City of Henderson has a statutory obligation to provide legal representation to current or former employees named in this lawsuit whose actions fall under the scope of their existing duties or those they would have performed while employed by the City,” City Manager and CEO Richard Derrick said in a statement. “The City retained these law firms to fulfill its statutory obligation and will stand by its current or former employees in defending them against this meritless lawsuit.”

City spokesman David Cherry said the law firms were brought in to represent numerous defendants to mitigate any potential conflicts of interest. The city has a budget for all outside counsel, he said.

March abstained from the vote.

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Henderson council OKs rates for firms representing officials in suit