City signs Holash to new contract

By Charlene Tebbutt
October 4, 2018 - 5:00pm

The City of Prince Albert has filled one of its senior roles, signing current acting solicitor Mitch Holash to a new two-year contract.

Council voted to appoint Holash to the position, approving a contract that will run until Sept. 30, 2020. Holash had been acting city solicitor since July 2017.

Councillors asked for a recorded vote on the issue at a meeting earlier this week, with Mayor Greg Dionne and Councillors Ted Zurakowski, Blake Edwards, Dennis Ogrodnick, Don Cody and Evert Botha voting in favour. Representatives Charlene Miller, Terra Lennox-Zepp and Dennis Nowoselsky voted against the motion.

Edwards voiced concern over the contract, saying that hiring a private lawyer to handle civic matters won’t save taxpayers money, while Coun. Lennox-Zepp said private lawyers deal with a variety of files in their practice and likely wouldn’t be able to dedicate time only to civic matters.

Holash currently works with the Novus Law firm in Prince Albert. City Manager Jim Toye told council that the city intends to work within the terms of the contract to keep costs down.

Ogrodnick pointed out that the city has been without a solicitor for some time.

“I think it’s reasonable that we pass this motion and we start moving forward,” he said.

Holash has represented the city on numerous legal matters over the years. 

 

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