WHITE SPRINGS — In a special meeting earlier this month, the White Springs Town Council found its new counsel.
After conducting two interviews in the Aug. 8 meeting, the council chose Meagan Logan, of Douglas & Carter in Lake City, to be its new attorney.
Stephanie Marchman, of Gainesville’s Gray Robinson was the other applicant interviewed.
The town budgeted a total of $24,000 for legal representation.
Logan proposed an hourly rate of $225 with no mileage reimbursement from her Lake City office to White Springs for meetings. She also told the council that she would have a monthly cap of $2,700 so that if some situation arose that would result in her working more than 12 hours that month on the town’s business, she would cap the expense at that amount to help keep the town’s budget in line.
Marchman’s hourly rate was going to be a $250 charge and she was requesting her commute from Gainesville to White Springs and back be considered as “on the clock.” She also told the council she was willing to cap her monthly bill.
During the interview, both Logan and Marchman were asked about not only their professional experiences — Logan, who is a member of the Florida and Georgia bar associations, received her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law; while Marchman attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is a Florida Bar member — but also asked how would they handle hypothetical situations.
The town council chose Logan by a 4-1 vote with Spencer Lofton dissenting. Lofton was not in favor of either candidate.
Logan’s selling points on the Council were not only her views on persuasion vs. punitive in regards to compliance of code enforcement, but as well her experience with White Springs and Hamilton County as a whole. Logan currently serves as the attorney on the Hamilton County School Board, and has represented the town in the past, which earned her the council’s respect and gratitude for her efficiency in her profession as well as her professionalism, knowledge and her demeanor through litigations.