Penn Hills board members question choice of solicitor

| Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

Some school board members are not happy that the same lawyer represents the school district and the municipality.

At council's reorganization meeting Jan. 3, Craig Alexander, a lawyer at Dice & Associates of Plum, was introduced as solicitor, replacing Bonnie Brimmeier of Ross-based Brimmeier & Associates.

Some school board members at a meeting last week questioned the decision.

"Even if this isn't technically a legal conflict, it's an ethical one," said Director Heather Hoolahan. "It shouldn't have happened."

Municipal manager Moe Rayan said the mayor and council researched prior to Alexander's appointment "and found no conflict of interest."

Bruce Dice of Dice & Associates wrote in an email that there was no conflict.

"In the 39 years that I have been representing both Plum and the Plum Municipal Authority we have never had a conflict," he said.

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