Sugar City appoints temporary attorney following Anderson's resignation

SUGAR CITY – A temporary attorney has been hired to take former Sugar City attorney Dylan Anderson’s job following his December resignation.

During its Jan. 9 city council meeting, the City Council approved hiring Blackfoot-based Garret Sandow to serve as its interim attorney.

New Mayor Steve Adams told the council he didn’t want the city to go without an attorney and looked through a state organization list of attorneys before coming across Sandow’s name. The two men have been friends for years, Adams said.

“He’s a very competent attorney who I’ve used on things in the past. He’s someone I trust, and I wanted someone I could trust. With the letters he provided and his experience working with municipalities, I’m asking him to be considered for the long run. I want to appoint him for the interim,” Adams said.

During the meeting, Adams introduced Sandow via Skype to the city

“I’ve been in eastern Idaho for a long time. I understand some of the issues,” Sandow said.

After calling for a vote, the city council approved Sandow as its temporary attorney.

Adams reported that Sandow would be paid $150 an hour plus expenses just as Anderson was paid.

The city has received correspondence from three lawyers, of which Sandow is one, interested in the Sugar City attorney’s job, Adams said.

“We have a good pool already. We will keep accepting those (and) give it another week. We need a week to arrange interview times,” he said.

Having Sandow temporarily serve as the city’s attorney will work out well, Adams said.

“I think we’re going to be fine. I think this is a really good option.”

Anderson worked for the city during the past decade and continues to be employed at the Forsberg and Evans law office.

It wasn’t clear why Anderson opted to resign, but he did say that he liked working with the city council and its residents.

“I enjoyed Sugar City. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the people there,” he said.

It’s expected that the city will decide on its permanent attorney during its upcoming meeting scheduled at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at city hall located at 10 Center Street. For more information call (208) 356-7561.