Memphis Police Union Claims Conflict with Council Attorney

Memphis Police Union Claims Conflict with Council Attorney

In the ongoing fight between the Memphis Police Union and the City of Memphis, the union has now filed an ethics complaint against city council lawyer, Allan Wade.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - In the ongoing fight between the Memphis Police Union and the City of Memphis, the union has now filed an ethics complaint against city council lawyer, Allan Wade.

The police union plans to take up that ethics complaint with the state. That decision comes after the city's ethics commission chose not to render an opinion during a hearing last week.

The union says Allan Wade is double dipping by representing both the legislative and executive arms of the city.

Wade pockets roughly $90,000 a year with city council. His firm made a couple million through contracts with the mayor's office.

The problem is a perceived conflict of interest and an unfair use of access that Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams likens to insider trading.

"He is representing the city in federal court and the fact is that he comes back to council and tries to change the impasse ordinance while we're in federal court," Williams stated.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, however, is downplaying the union's claims.

"They're taking it through the democratic process and that what a society is based on: law," Wharton said. "They're following the legal procedures, they have the right to do that, we don't begrudge them of that. Obviously we think otherwise but that's a part of democracy."

The union could appeal to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. That board supervises the ethical conduct of lawyers and investigates alleged violations of the rules of professional conduct.

Penalties range from private reprimands to revoking law licenses.

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