Lemme sworn in as new attorney for Mount Washington

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON — The city of Mount Washington welcomed a new attorney Monday evening after Anne McAfee announced her immediate resignation.

In a letter to the city dated Nov. 11, McAfee wrote that she was taking her law practice in a new direction and was “very busy developing (her) professional goals.”

The council voted to appoint attorney and resident Norman Lemme after mayor Joetta Calhoun made a recommendation to the council that he be named the city’s next attorney.

McAfee served the council for approximately two years after Mayor Joetta Calhoun appointed her after taking office in 2006.

Lemme currently has pending litigation with the city concerning a rezoning request the council granted several years ago. The land in question is now the location of the Sunrise Children’s Services.

Calhoun said the litigation would have presented a conflict, however, the city has an official letter recognizing that the litigation is still pending and that Lemme would recuse himself during any discussions about the matter.

“It would have been a problem but we have a letter that states no monetary (compensation) would be given to the city and that we recognize that there’s a conflict,” she said.

Calhoun said the letter also states that Lemme would remove himself from any issues regarding the litigation.

“It’s as if he’s not here as far as that’s concerned. He has total exclusion on anything (concerning that case),” she said.

Calhoun said she felt very confident about Lemme’s experience and professional legal knowledge in assisting cities in legal matters.

Lemme has experience in corporate tax law, served as a trial appeals lawyer and spent more than 30 years representing cities.

He received his undergraduate degree from the Centre College and his doctorate of jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University.

He has represented the cities of Fox Chase, Pioneer Village and Shepherdsville.

Lemme was sworn in at the meeting and took his post immediately after Calhoun invited him to take his seat at the council table.