Mobile attorney and GOP stalwart Doug Anderson has been tapped to handle the legal work for the Mobile County Commission, the Mobile Bay Times has learned.
Anderson, 48, would succeed outgoing county attorney Larry Wettermark who is moving with newly-elected Mobile Mayor Sam Jones to the municipal side of government complex to serve as city attorney in the Jones administration.
An agenda item naming Anderson as the county’s legal representative surfaced Thursday when Commissioners Stephen Nodine and Mike Dean met in conference. An official action will likely follow at the next regular meeting of the commission, probably on Tuesday because of the Colombus Day holiday Monday.
Both Dean and Nodine are Republicans. Jones represented north Mobile and north Mobile County as a Democrat for 18 years before resigning with three years remaining on his term to take the helm of city government in Mobile.
A partisan battle is developing over a successor to Jones on the county commission. Gov. Bob Riley and his legal advisors hold that the appointment resides with the governor. A Montgomery judge ruled in favor of a Democratic Party lawsuit seeking a special election.
Anderson declined comment pending the commission’s official action.
Dean said he planned to recommend Anderson for the job. Nodine said he had met with several prospective legal representatives but would not confirm his support for Anderson prior to Thursday’s conference. It is expected that the county's legal work will be distributed more widely under Anderson's oversight than under Wettermark's stewardship.
The county paid Wettermark a monthly retainer of $7,000 and he was compensated at a rate of $140 per hour for litigation.
Anderson is a Mobile native who attended UMS and the University of Alabama. He and his wife Leslie are the parents of three daughters. He is a partner in the law firm of Bowron, Latta and Wasden.