Carrollton getting new legal counsel, hit with OMA allegations

By Gary Scott on October 22, 2015 at 1:01pm

The City of Carrollton is moving on with a new legal counsel.

According to reports, City Attorney Anne Clough was let go at the most recent City Council meeting on Tuesday. Aldermen approved Bill Strang as the new attorney unanimously.

Clough, who also serves as a defense attorney, is the wife of former Carrollton Police Chief Kenny Kallal, who was ousted earlier this year due to heavy criticism from residents on his job performance.

Clough has been the subject of criticism herself from residents for, among other things, her handling of public comment policy during meetings at which many city residents attended to voice their concerns about the police chief.

It was also announced on Tuesday that the Attorney General’s Office is investigating the city for a violation of the Open Meetings Act.

The allegation was made by Luke Lamb, a Greene County board member who operates the Greene County Watchdogs organization. He alleged City Council held a meeting last Thursday and prohibited individuals who are not residents of Carrollton from addressing aldermen during public comment.

According to a letter addressed to Carrollton Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Harness, Lamb also alleged that the council held a special meeting on September 23rd and didn’t allow public comment.