WILLCOX — After crunching the numbers, the Willcox City Council has contracted with a new city attorney and prosecutor.
Bill Sims was hired as the city attorney at the council’s August meeting, and the City Council’s September meeting last Thursday included the hiring of Justin Allred as a city prosecutor.
“Sometimes, experience outweighs costs; but when experience is equal, you look at cost. And with a lot of these things, experience is equal, so we look at cost,” Willcox City Manager Caleb Blaschke said. “We’re going through all of our contracts with the city with a fine-toothed comb to protect our citizens’ tax dollars. That’s our job as a city, as a fiduciary agent for our citizens, to protect our tax dollars and get the best services at a reasonable cost.”
Sims also contracts to serve as attorney for the cities of Safford and Globe and is from Phoenix. Allred is a resident of Willcox and will be handling code enforcement infractions and animal code violations.
According to Blaschke, the previous attorney’s contract was up and the city chose to not renew. The cost of the previous attorney’s contract fee was $62,118 and Blaschke estimated that with Sims the city will pay between $30,000 to $40,000 per year. Sim’s fees are based on utilization and do not constitute a full-time salary.