The Public Building Authority (PBA) voted to hire a new attorney during the authority’s meeting Oct. 18.
Keeton & Perry, PLLC, will be the new firm representing the PBA. PBA owns and operates the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.
PBA will pay to Keeton & Perry $150 per hour for legal services. No retainer will be paid.
Keeton & Perry will replace Robert Huskey, who previously advised the PBA.
Huskey also serves as Coffee County attorney.
A private-practice attorney, Huskey is paid a retainer by the county and hired on an as-needed basis to represent the county.
PBA paid Huskey separately for the advice provided to the board.
County commissioners have previously expressed concerns about potential conflict of interest issues with Huskey representing the county and PBA.
While PBA owns and operates the conference center, the county is responsible for covering 50% of the operating losses of the center.
The remaining 50% of those costs are paid by Manchester City.
Keeton & Perry, PLLC, is located in Manchester.
Attorneys Brent Keeton and Greg Perry provide legal representation, including advice on personal injury, family law, criminal defense, estate planning and insurance matters, according to the firm’s website.