Calumet Twp. Trustee Ordered To Pay Attorney Bills
April 29, 2014 — The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that Calumet Township Trustee Mary Elgin must stop refusing to pay Lake County attorney Edward Hall what the appellate court considers “reasonable” fees for representing the Calumet Township Advisory Board.
The decision is one of a series of long legal battles between the Township Trustee and the Advisory Board, going back to 1991 when the Board wanted to hire its own lawyer and the Trustee asked for a legal opinion on the request. A local judge approved the request for a Board attorney and ordered the Trustee to pay the bills.
Elgin took over the responsibilities when elected in 2006 but then stopped paying for the attorney and appealed the judge’s decision. The Appeals Court ruling this week said that Elgin can no longer contest an issue that’s already been decided in the Board’s favor.