It appears that Sandra Mack of Cameron and Mittleman has been ousted from her position as legal counsel to the BCWA. At a special meeting of the board on Wednesday evening, January 16th, Ms. Mack failed to garner the five votes required to secure the position. The state enabling legislation requires a minimum of five votes to pass a resolution. The vote was 4-3.
BCWA has scheduled another meeting the last week of January to continue the voting process. The other two candidates are Michael McElroy and Keough & Sweeney.
Michael McElroy of Providence, is currently president of the 2012-2013 Rhode Island Bar Association, a former three-term Chairman of the Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee, and is a member of the House of Delegates and the Executive Committee. He is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Rhode Island Association for Justice. He is a former Special Assistant Attorney General and is currently Legal Counsel to the Rhode Island Personnel Appeal Board.
Keough & Sweeney represent and counsel Water, Wastewater and Renewable Energy clients in all aspects of the regulatory process before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. Their areas of expertise include Water Utility Law, Wastewater Utility Law, and Renewable Energy Law.
The BCWA board of directors opened the voting process on the 16th with the statement that they had three well qualified firms to choose from and that any one of them would be able to handle the job well. From the qualifications mentioned above we urge the directors to give serious consideration to cost and qualifications and give less weight to "institutional knowledge".