EC Commission Attempts to Avoid ACLU Suit


Commissioners awarded a public defender contract to an experienced and more expensive firm on Tuesday, which was a departure from how most bids were awarded.

Most counties award bids to the lowest bidders because of budgetary constraints. The ACLU recently threatened lawsuits against counties that employ inexperienced public defenders.

Emery County has avoided such lawsuits by making changes to the public defender selection process.


Kathleen Reaves was the only applicant for a seat on the Southeastern Utah Health Department Board. Commissioners approved Reaves for the position.

Commissioners approved an advertisement for a mid-term seat on the Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Board of Directors.

A recording of the meeting will be broadcast on ETV Channel 10.


One Reply to “EC Commission Attempts to Avoid ACLU Suit”

  1. Alfred Oliver says:

    Let’s face it The commissioners messed up they hired the inexperienced public defender. Ask anybody that he as defended. Its who you know not what you know. Robert Oliver has more experience in the Last 5 years than a lot of Lawyers get in a life time. The Commissioners just threw $8,000 a year out the door. They need to take better care of our tax dollars.

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