Updated September 18, 2019

Attorney Chris Williams will remain Giles County's attorney until further action by the county commission.

Williams cannot continue in that capacity because an employee of his office is the spouse of County Commissioner Terry Harwell according to The University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Service.

The county attorney is appointed by county commissioners annually.

The firm of Henry,Henry and Underwood has withdrawn its offer to serve as county attorney to prevent divisiveness or discontent among county commissioners over who should hold the office.

County executive Melissa Greene has contacted County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) for assistance.

According to the CTAS opinion, Williams cannot continue as county attorney because his employee is the spouse of Seventh District Commissioner Terry Harwell.

The opinion states Under the 81 Act members of the county legislative body cannot be financially interested or have any personal beneficial interest, either directly or indirectly, in contractual services for the county. Because the commissioner’s spouse is an employee of the law firm, the commissioner would be financially interested in a contract between the county and the law firm.