Johnson County To Reimburse Assessor's Legal Fees

Johnson County To Reimburse Assessor's Legal Fees

At Wednesday's meeting, the Johnson County Commissioners voted to reimburse County Assessor Cindy Rogers for the legal fees she incurred seeking guidance on the possible tax ramifications stemming from a lease with the Wyoming Game and Fish.

The commissioners responded to an opinion from the State Attorney General's office that, according to their interpretation, allowed the commissioners to seek outside legal counsel at any time whether the county attorney agreed to it or not.

County Attorney Ken DeCock argued that the AG had said that although the commissioners may hire legal counsel, in his opinion, the State Statutes say the assessor had no authority to hire counsel on her own, and then DeCock recommended the commissioners not pay the legal bill.

Rogers asked the commission if they were aware that she was seeking outside legal advice due to DeCock choosing not to give an opinion on the matter, and they agreed they were fully aware of her intentions.

County Clerk Vicki Edelman then responded by saying she had been advised not to pay the bill.

The commissioners, after some discussions, voted to pay the voucher for the legal fees and asked the assessor to turn over all documents from the legal opinion to the county to be filed and accessible to the public.

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