It will be very difficult to employ an attorney of Mr. Cope's stature for $108,000 per year.
Well, I'd agree after 25 years of service Mr. Cope deserved that salary. I have to admit though, I'm surprised the county doesn't already have in an in-house legal dept. I don't know if the county will end up saving money allowing billable hours over the 6G a month. At 150 an hour it will only take 20 hours a month to reach 9G and definitely exceed that if any high profile litigation cases arise over the 2-year period. Then there's the secretaries. We don't know their wages but only one doing the work of two -- will probably demand an increased salary for that "one," plus o/t when needed alongside the attorney(s), might end up as paying for two anyway. We'll see :)
An in house staff will cost more than twice what Mr. Cope is paid..