Rye City Councilman Joe Sack wants Rye citizens to know the intent of the special report provided to Mayor French and the city by Sack and former Mayor John Carey regarding the structure and costs of our legal services. Read the Carey-Sack Report.
By Joe Sack
As I said at the City Council meeting [Wednesday], the headline here is that we want to provide Rye with the most effective legal representation possible, in the most efficient manner possible. Kevin Plunkett is a very savvy and experienced attorney, and we benefited greatly from having him in Rye . We are also lucky to still have Kristen Wilson representing us. But as Mayor French himself indicated when he asked us to take on this assignment, we now have a natural opportunity to take a fresh look at the structure of the law department, separate and apart from the individual lawyers involved. One of the main ideas is that we want to reduce the amount of work that goes to outside counsel. We also want to keep more controls on work that does go to outside counsel. By proposing reforms, we are simply looking for ways to improve, as we always do. We are not looking to take issue with the way things have been done over the past 5 to 10 years. As such, our report is a positive and forward looking document. Judge John Carey and I brought our collective legal experience to bear on the situation, and we hope that the issues we raised, and the recommendations we made, will result in meaningful contributions to the operations of the City.