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County hires attorney to assist embattled DCD director

July 3rd, 2013 - 6:01am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County Commissioners have hired an out-of-town attorney to help represent the county community development director.

Commissioners yesterday approved a contract with the law office of Kenneth W. Bagwell for $250 an hour.

Bagwell will serve as conflict counsel for Sheila Roark Miller who has been under an investigation following a whistleblower complaint earlier this year.

Clallam county Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Nichols, said Bagwell, as "conflict counsel" will limit his input to matters affecting Miller's duties as Director of the Department of Community Development.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the investigation, Nichols said the county prosecutor's office will continue to advise the department, including the director, on matters that arise in relation to the day-to-day routine business of the community development department.

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