Shofner nominated to succeed Bowles

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Shelbyville-based lawyer may become Marshall County's next county attorney, according to the chairman of the county's Nominating Committee.

Ginger Shofner of Bobo, Hunt and White, was nominated Thursday to succeed County Attorney Lee Bowles, whose contract expires on Oct. 31, County Commissioner Don Ledford has announced.

Bowles has said she does not want to continue as county attorney.

Shofner is already the attorney advising Marshall County's Ethics Committee and she's been third party counsel for the county Coordinating Committee when it was dealing with the state-required 20-year growth plan and land use zoning issues.

Shofner's nomination is to be considered by the County Commission when it meets at 6 p.m. Oct.27, Ledford said.

If the Commission hires Shofner, she will be paid $1,250 per month to attend Commission meetings and review agendas prior to such sessions, plus expenses, Ledford said. She'd also be paid $150 per hour for other unexpected work.

"It's exactly the same contract that we had with Mrs. Bowles," Ledford said.

There was one other applicant for the position, but that individual has not yet passed the Bar Exam, the commissioner said. The applicant's letter to the Nominating Committee quoted state law saying that a successful Bar examination is not required.

"But we felt that was not the right way to go," Ledford said. "It was discussed, but it wasn't a decision to make. She was not qualified."

Shofner will probably start working for Marshall County in November on a retainer basis, Ledford said. He knew of no objection to that plan and noted that many of the commissioners know her because they've worked with her because of her work for the county.

The Nominating Committee also selected Commissioner Seth Warf as the successor to recently-resigned Commissioner Joe B. Brandon on the Commission's Codes Committee, a panel that's recently been wrestling with personnel issues since the county building inspector has been working full time for the Tennessee National Guard.

Warf's career with Duck River Electric Membership Corp. "had a bearing" on his selection for the Codes Committee seat, Ledford said, adding "That's the only slot we filled that Brandon had."

Brandon had been on three committees. The other two will apparently be filled after further examination of preference lists submitted by commissioners every other year.

"When we reorganize every two years, commissioners have a chance to state their preferences," Ledford said. "Seth put that (the Codes Committee) on his list."

Meanwhile, Oct. 10 is the deadline for applicants to file letters with County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett's office to say they'd like to be appointed by the Commission to serve the unexpired two-year portion of Brandon's seat on the Commission.