Neil Grad has the experience and the backbone to do just that. He won’t roll over just because a developer threatens a million dollar lawsuit. He knows that threats are easy to make but judgments of one hundred million dollars are hard to get.
Grad will bring honesty, integrity and accountability to the office. Unlike the incumbent, Grad won’t have improper relationships with his subordinates that end up in litigation nor cause the council to investigate him for unprofessional conduct. Grad will not shy away from pointing out conflicts of interest in the city’s decision making and will give the council comprehensive legal advice. Grad also will review how litigation is handled and how settlement decisions will be made.
Grad will be a breath of fresh air for the city of Sparks. He is not one of the “good old boys” and the city attorney shouldn’t be. As an elected official, Grad will have the independence to do what is right and to properly advise his client. The purpose of city attorney’s office is to inform the city of the legal parameters within which they can act.
The Sparks city attorney’s office should not be the focus of attention it has been in the past several years. If the city attorney wasn’t an elected position, the incumbent would have been fired years ago. If a supervisor admitted to having improper relations with one of his subordinates that resulted in a lawsuit they would be terminated. But as we saw with President Clinton, improper sexual conduct by elected officials is not grounds to be removed from office, at least not until the next election.
Sparks doesn’t need more of the same legal problems that it has had for the past several years. We are facing water shortages, traffic jams and rampant development. Our elected officials need to know what the law is and how to make decisions in compliance with the law. The incumbent has shown that he can’t do the job. We need to do what Lee Iacocca said about most of the politicians running our country: “Throw the bums out”. Elect Neil Grad as the next Sparks City Attorney.
Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.