The Dunwoody City Council voted July 11 to hire a Gainesville, Ga., law firm to look at recent action by the council to prohibit Dunwoody Homeowners Association members from serving on city boards.

The council unanimously voted to hire firm Hulsey, Oliver & Hahar LLP at a rate of $200 an hour at the recommendation of City Manager Eric Linton.

The firm will be looking into the June 13 executive session in which the council discussed mandating DHA members choose their DHA membership or serving on a city board, including the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. The outside firm is being tasked with determining if the council committed any illegal action at that meeting.

The firm will also be giving its opinion on whether or not it is a conflict of interest for DHA members to serve on city boards and thereby putting the city at risk of lawsuits from developers, as Mayor Denis Shortal has stated.

The council agreed to hire a firm at a June 24 special called meeting.

Linton said he expected the firm to complete its work in four weeks at a cost of less than $5,000.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.