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City hires outside attorney vs. Bowen for $200 per hour

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The City of Lebanon will hire outside attorney David Veile to represent the city in the upcoming disciplinary appeal hearing requested by fired Police Chief Scott Bowen.

The City Council unanimously approved the hiring 5-0, with Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino absent, on second reading of an ordinance at a special-called meeting Thursday morning. Councilors also approved first reading of the same hiring ordinance, 6-0, at council's regular meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Philip Craighead added it to Tuesday's agenda as a "drop-in" item sponsored by City Attorney Andy Wright. According to the ordinance, the city charter requires the city to hire an outside attorney for the sort of disciplinary appeal hearing that Bowen requested.

Wright recommended Veile to represent the city at "an agreed-upon proposed rate of $200 per hour," according to the ordinance, which also says Veile is qualified for the job because he has "served on the City of Lebanon's panel of Administrative Hearing Officers for a number of years."

According to the ordinance, "a City of Lebanon department head," referring to Bowen, "was recently disciplined for various rule, regulation, and policy violations, causing the department head to be removed from his position."

Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at cewrites@yahoo.com.

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