Phil Olbrechts, former attorney for the city of Monroe, is one of three attorneys the city is engaging to replace hearing examiner John Galt.
Galt, who had been city hearing examiner for 10 years, asked for an increase in his hourly rate in September.
That led city manager Gene Brazel to realize that the city hadn’t reviewed his contract for some time.
“Typically every few years, we review contracts and go out for proposals,” he said.
The city put out a request for proposals and invited Galt to submit one. He declined.
The city then decided to try to find a roster of attorneys to handle hearings on a rotating basis.
Former city attorney Phil Olbrechts, who works through the law firm Ogden, Murphy and Wallace, put in a proposal and was given a contract. Two other attorneys are currently negotiating contracts.
Brazel said that the amount the three attorneys will earn is “in the ballpark” of what Galt had asked.
Hearing examiners typically resolve appeals when citizens or others question a decision made by a city body.