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Morrow Downtown Development Authority attorney Greg Hecht addresses the Morrow City Council Tuesday night. The council later appointed Hecht to be its new city attorney.
MORROW The price tag for hiring Greg Hecht as city attorney continues to pile up for Morrow officials.
The city council approved paying Hecht $17,208 Tuesday night for legal work he performed in March. Since Hecht was hired in January, he has billed the city about $36,157 for two-and-a-half months of work.
He was the most expensive of the attorneys seeking to work for Morrow, telling city leaders during an interview that his services would cost as much as $245 per hour. He was also hired despite tying for the lowest score in candidate grading performed by Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke and three city council members.
March marked the second consecutive month where Hecht’s bill was close to $20,000. He previously charged Morrow $18,303 for work he performed in February.
If Hecht’s bill for April is in the same ballpark, he would have charged the city about as much as former city attorney Laurel Henderson charged for eight months of work in 2012.
Henderson charged Morrow officials $53,327 for work performed between May and December 2012. Those were the only 2012 payment listings that were readily available on the city’s website.
The difference between Hecht and Henderson, however, would be that he took less than half the time than she did to hit the $50,000-plus mark.
Henderson, by comparison, charged the city $150 per hour for her services.