MI County Commissioner Supported Hiring of Contributor without Disclosure

Record Eagle (12/20): “Grand Traverse County Commissioner Larry Inman lobbied for a local attorney to represent the county in liability litigation, but didn’t disclose he received campaign contributions from the lawyer and his wife.
County board members during a Dec. 17 meeting discussed bids they received from two insurance and liability carriers: the county’s longtime carrier Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority — known commonly as MMRMA — and Municipal Underwriters of Michigan, Inc.

“Inman during the meeting raised questions about continuing to contract with MMRMA, because MMRMA does not let its clients choose their own attorneys in liability litigation. That means, in lawsuits involving the insurance provider, the county couldn’t be represented by Traverse City attorney Christopher Cooke, who along with his wife contributed $2,000 to support Inman’s successful run for a state House of Representatives seat this fall, according to campaign finance records.”

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