The Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission this week voted to hire the Bassett Law Firm as the commission’s new legal counsel.
The decision comes after the death of John Logan Burrow, a local lawyer and longtime chair of the Washington County Election Commission who had served as the commission’s attorney since May 2013. He died in March at the age of 67.
The Davis Law Firm of Fayetteville and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings of Rogers also submitted statements of qualifications for the job.
“Based on their qualifications, I think they’re all very well equipped to serve the needs of the commission,” said Marilyn Heifner, commission executive director, during the group’s regular meeting on Monday.
According to Heifner, Bassett proposed a $112 per hour fee; Davis Law Firm proposed a $185-265 per hour fee; and Wright, Lindsey & Jennings proposed a $240 per hour fee.
Commissioner Bobby Ferrell said while he felt all three are reputable law firms, he urged the Fayetteville commission to choose a Fayetteville-based firm.
Ching Mong, chair of the commission, said he agreed.
“At this point I feel like it really just comes down to cost,” said Mong.
The group voted unanimously to hire the firm with the lowest fee.
Heifner said Vince Chadick will be the firm’s primary contact.
Chadick sits on appointment by the Supreme Court of Arkansas to serve on the Arkansas Civil Practice Committee, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association, according to Bassett’s website. He is an adjunct lecturer of law in the University of Arkansas School of Law, and serves as legal counsel for the Fayetteville Public Library Board of Trustees.