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Fla. County May Eliminate Top In-House Lawyer to Save Money


It isn’t just corporations that are looking for ways to trim legal bills.

And at least some of the commissioners who run one Florida county think they may have found a way to do so: Terminate the top lawyer in the county’s in-house legal department and rely on his two deputy attorneys, with help from outside law firms when needed, to do the job for less, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Officials say they had no issue with the job performance of Hernando County’s attorney, Garth Coller, but are simply looking at cutting his position as a money-saving measure. He makes $132,828 a year and his two deputies get $65,986 and $70,803, the newspaper notes. However, they will get a step-up in pay should his position be eliminated.

The county commissioners could vote on the issue on Tuesday.

Related coverage:

St. Petersburg Times: “Hernando County attorney’s job on the line despite study calling office understaffed”

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