Prestonsburg City Council votes against approving city attorney's contract
The future with the city of Prestonsburg is suddenly unclear for its current attorney Jim Webb after members of the City Council voted not to renew his contract by a 4-2 vote. The issue cam up at a special called meeting late last week. Council members Les Stapleton, Harry Adams, Roy Roberts and B.D. Nunnery all voted against renewing Webb's contract, while David Gearheart and Freddie Goble voted in favor of renewing the contract. Council members Don Willis and Tim Cooley were not present for the meeting. Stapleton told the Floyd County Times that he wanted to consider other options after he said he had seen some things that concerned him. Councilman Harry Adams said he felt the city just "needed another attorney". Webb responded to the vote commenting that the way the ordinance governing the selection of a city attorney is written, the mayor has the power to choose who the attorney is while the council only approves the contract. Webb also stated that the council has no authority to approve or reject his contract. Webb went on to state the mayor also had the power to execute a personal service contract. Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin said the issue would have to be discussed again at a later date.