City Attorney position made full-time, Clintonian appointed

brannonClinton native Chelsea Harkins Brannon has been appointed by Mayor Fisher and the Board of Aldermen to the position of City Attorney. Following the retirement of longtime City Attorney Kenneth Dreher, who worked under contract, Mayor Fisher and the Board created an in-house counsel position that would provide the City with full-time access to legal counsel. Brannon becomes the City of Clinton’s first full-time staff attorney.
“Changing the position from part-time to full-time was a big decision, and I believe Chelsea is the right person to represent the City in our legal matters,” stated Mayor Phil Fisher.
A 2000 graduate of Clinton High School, Brannon received her bachelor of arts in political science and international studies from Rhodes College in 2004. She then received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law in 2008. There, she received an Am Jur for Legal Research and Writing, an Advocacy Award, was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and served as a Mississippi Trial Competition competitor and coach, as well as a national qualifier in the ABA National Arbitration Competition.
“I am very pleased with the addition of Chelsea as our attorney. She brings seven years of municipal law experience to the position and a passion for working within local government,” Fisher added.
With deep Clinton roots, Brannon noted the personal connection to Clinton when discussing her return to the metro area. “We did not consider another city, Clinton was our choice for the place to raise our family,” Brannon stated.
Brannon and her husband, Casey, have two daughters, Layney, 5, and Sawyer, 2. Many may know Brannon as the daughter of Susan Harkins, a recently retired teacher at Clinton’s Northside Elementary. Brannon’s grandparents, Danny and Freddie Key, also reside in Clinton.
“Her enthusiasm for the position and our city was evident during the interview process,” Fisher recounted.
Brannon brings experience as a prior attorney for the City of Gulfport, Mississippi, where she served in their in-house legal department. During her term in Gulfport, Brannon worked closely with economic development leaders, public safety officials, department heads and elected officials to support the growing and diverse needs of the municipality. Prior to joining the City of Clinton, Brannon worked at Wells, Marble and Hurst, PLLC, in Ridgeland.
The City Attorney will serve as legal advisor and attorney for the City of Clinton as a government entity. Because of the nature of the City Attorney’s role, Brannon will not represent or provide legal advice to individual citizens, groups or other entities.
Brannon’s job will be to advise the mayor, Board of Aldermen, department directors and other City employees; serve as legal counsel during Board meetings; support the legislative and administrative processes involving ordinances, contracts, legal research, legal opinions and litigation; and represent the City’s legal interests and defend its rights before all judicial, legislative and administrative tribunals.

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  1. Ricky Dombrowski on August 24, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Chelsea is an excellent choice for City Attorney. I was very lucky to have worked with her in the City of Gulfport. She has a vast knowledge of municipal government and elections when she worked for the Secretary of States office. She was able to fast track our redistricting process to create new Ward lines with no objections filed with the Justice Department.
    The City of Clinton is very fortunate to have such a fine person in this position.
    Ricky Dombrowski
    past City Council President
    City of Gulfport Mississippi

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