Juneau Restricts Access To City Attorney Without Prior Approval

(Juneau) The Juneau mayor is restricting the city officials who can speak to the city attorney without prior approval. Mayor Dan Wegener told the common council Tuesday night that his directive is meant to be proactive and not tied to a particular issue. The directive, effective immediately, states that direct contact with the city attorney is restricted only to human resources, the police chief, the mayor and committee chairs. Any other city official needing to obtain legal services must obtain approval from the mayor and clerk-treasurer via email indicating the subject matter before proceeding. Wegener says the intent is for City Hall to know that such legal requests were approved beforehand and the bill appears on corresponding invoices, to avoid multiple billings from a single approval. Verbal approval is not acceptable. Any violation will be brought to the mayor’s attention and may result in disciplinary action.