Note: This story was last updated at 10:06 a.m. July 22.
CLINTON—The legal fees in a few high-profile disputes between top Anderson County officials could approach a half-million dollars, and Anderson County commissioners should all seek their own legal counsel in an ouster lawsuit filed against the law director, stunned commissioners were told Monday.
Subpoenas have already been issued in the ouster suit, and several officials, including a few County Commissioners, have reportedly received letters asking them to waive their attorney-client privilege.
Anderson County Commissioner Myron Iwanski, who is former interim mayor, said some of the records he’s been asked to provide go back 10 years, and some of them are personnel records. Iwanski said he needs legal representation because he doesn’t want to disclose anything improper, a mistake that could lead to another lawsuit.
“It’s about trying to do what’s right for the county,” Iwanski said.
He said former Anderson County Jail Administrator Avery Johnson has also been served with a subpoena and will need legal representation.
“This is just the start of the legal battle,” Iwanski said. [Read more...]