The City of Naperville has found another way to spend tax payer dollars….hire more city attorneys.
That can only mean any one or more of the following:
- City officials anticipate more law suits filed against the city
City officials aren’t confident in their recent decisions
The current group of city attorneys are slightly incompetent or working at half-speed
Somebody knows somebody who knows somebody
More extended family members (attorneys) need to be on the payroll
More resident-unfriendly ordinances means more litigation
City officials have an abundance of tax-payer dollars to burn
Naperville (population 142,000) currently has five full-time attorneys and one part-time attorney in the legal department. They have the green light to hire one more full-time attorney, and one more part-time attorney bringing the total to the equivalent of 7 full time attorneys. Compare this to Aurora (population 198,000) which has three city attorneys, Rockford (population 153,000) which has five city attorneys, and Joliet (population 148,000) with four city attorneys. So why is it that other cities with more population need fewer attorneys working for their cities? Additionally both Springfield (with five) and Peoria (with 4 attorneys working for the city) have a higher resident-to-attorney ratio than Naperville.
The flip side of this conundrum is that maybe Naperville actually needs many more city attorneys than they have. Naperville city officials need all the legal help and advise they can get. It’s much wiser for city officials to pay bundles of tax-payer dollars to a gaggle of city attorneys, than to continue to make poor decisions resulting in more law suits against the city, and losing those suits in court.
‘Actuarially’ speaking, it might be a good idea for each council member (and the city manager) to have his or her own city attorney, pulling double-duty by also acting as a chauffeur and thereby providing advice to council members at all times. My guess is that the first piece of advice each city attorney / chauffeur would have for their council member would be, ‘dump’ the electric vehicle fiasco.