EDA moves on legal representation, loan accounts – addresses indictments

At the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority monthly meeting on Friday, September 27, a four-person quorum, plus one (Greg Harold) by phone connection for a portion of the meeting, dealt with some financial housekeeping and a decision on interim legal representation.

On the latter front, counsel from Sands-Anderson, which already represents the EDA as bond counsel and in its civil litigation seeking recovery of .6 million-plus in allegedly embezzled or misdirected assets, was announced to serve as the Authority’s general counsel for the time being.

And following a closed session, on a motion by Jorie Martin, seconded by Tom Patteson, Sands-Anderson was also named as the EDA’s Point of Contact in negotiations with First Bank & Trust regarding the EDA Line Of Credit (LOC). The vote was 4-0.

The EDA is exploring separate legal representation in the long run as Warren County also searches for a permanent replacement for departed County Attorney Dan Whitten.

The County’s Interim Attorney Jason Ham of the Litten & Sipe law firm has declined the traditional dual County-EDA attorney’s role due to potential of conflicts of interest regarding the EDA financial fraud situation.

See discussion of these and other business on the EDA’s September meeting agenda in this Royal Examiner video.

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