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File #: 21-1266    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agreement Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/2/2021 In control: County Counsel
On agenda: 11/15/2021 Final action:
Title: Discussion and Possible Action Including Approval of Agreement with Manning & Kass for Legal Assistance for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in the Amount of $50,000 Effective November 16, 2021 Through June 30, 2022 (Sponsor: County Counsel)
Sponsors: County Counsel
Attachments: 1. Agreement 21-196

TO: Board of Supervisors
FROM: County Counsel
MEETING DATE: November 15, 2021


DEPARTMENT CONTACT:
Christian Curtis
PHONE:
234-6885






ITEM TYPE: Regular Agenda

TIME ALLOCATED FOR ITEM: 15 Min


AGENDA TITLE:
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Discussion and Possible Action Including Approval of Agreement with Manning & Kass for Legal Assistance for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in the Amount of $50,000 Effective November 16, 2021 Through June 30, 2022
(Sponsor: County Counsel)
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RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
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Approve agreement with Manning & Kass for legal assistance for Mendocino County Sheriff's Office in the amount of $50,000, effective November 16, 2021 through June 30, 2022; and authorize Chair to sign same.
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PREVIOUS BOARD/BOARD COMMITTEE ACTIONS:
On August 3, 2021, the Board of Supervisors considered selection of outside counsel to provide legal advice and representation to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office regarding areas in which County Counsel has a conflict of interest and designation of scope of conflict work; by general consensus the Board authorized the hiring of Manning & Kass to represent the Sheriff, in the event that the Sheriff does not choose one of the four firms submitted for consideration.

SUMMARY OF REQUEST:
Under Government Code section 31000.6, the Board of Supervisors is required to contract with outside counsel to the Sheriff when specific legal services necessary for the performance of his duties cannot be provided by County Counsel due to a conflict of interest. Previously, the Board of Supervisors agreed to provide Sheriff Kendall with such counsel, but did not agree with the Sheriff's preferred law firm due to concerns over costs and conflict of interest. Sheriff Kendall subsequently initiated a court proceeding (Kendall v. Board of Supervisors, 21CV00561) seeking an order to compel the Board to contract with his preferred firm. That matter is still pending in the Mendocino County Superior Court.

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