Board session ends with attempt to hire legal counsel

FLINT TWP. — In a special township board meeting on January 4, the board of trustees met in closed session for about two hours with Labor Attorney Lizzie Mills, before coming back to open session to vote on whether to retain legal counsel.

The motion was denied in a 3-3 tie vote. Clerk Kathy Funk and Trustees Barb Vert and Tom Klee voted yes while Supervisor Karyn Miller, Treasurer Lisa Anderson and Trustee Carol Pfaff-Dahl voted no. Trustee Frank Kasle was absent.

As allowed by state law and provisions of the Open Meetings Act, the board has been tight-lipped about the reason for the closed session or its interest in hiring an attorney.

Clerk Kathy Funk did identify the attorney they wanted to retain as Heidi Hudson of Zausmer, August & Caldwell, PC in Farmington Hills.

In a brief biography on the firm’s website, Hudson specialties were listed as” labor and employment law, school law, and insurance defense and fraud claims, representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as before government administrative agencies such as the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”

“On any given day, she’s contending with employee terminations and wrongful discharge allegations, student and faculty disciplinary actions, personal injury and sexual abuse claims, and civil rights violations.”

Funk also said Hudson was not being considered as a replacement for any current township attorney. Hudson was not present at the closed session.

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