City Council extends Ohio attorney’s contract, despite objections

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Cincinnati man hand-picked by the administration to help the city negotiate with the Feds on reforms for the Albuquerque Police Department gets to keep his job.

But it was clear both the public and some members of City Council had serious questions about the way he was hired and whether he was the best person for the job.

The city attorney’s office gave Ohio attorney Scott Greenwood this contract right after the department of Justice report came out.

He was hired with a $70,000 contract.

At the City Council meeting, City Attorney David Tourek asked for $150,000 more and said that’s just the start.

Greenwood estimates it would cost up to a half-million for his services.

Some City Councilors were upset about the process in which he was hired on. They wanted to know why the original contract was written for only 70-thousand – which meant they didn’t have to approve it.

They also wanted to know whether Tourek looked into anyone else for the job – Tourek admitted he didn’t.

Some people used public comment to question his partner’s track record in Cincinnati. He is working with former Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher, who was in Cincinnati when the feds investigated their police department.

They also questioned Greenwood’s involvement with Taser International.

Greenwood said he hadn’t received “a personal penny from Taser,” but would not disclose his full list of clients when City Councilor Rey Garduno asked him about it. Greenwood defended his work in Cincinnati and said the city needs him in order to get a workable Department of Justice Consent Decree in place.

In the end, City Council voted to extend his contract on a 6-3 vote.

Councilors Dan Lewis, Rey Garduno and Klarissa Pena voted against the measure.

Greenwood is being paid $350 an hour.

City Attorney David Tourek admitted that’s more than the city pays for other attorneys on contract.

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