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The Davison County commissioners will go in executive session Tuesday during their meeting to discuss a pair of indigent defender contracts.

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The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell.

At last week’s meeting, State’s Attorney Jim Miskimins told the commissioners the county’s indigent defender contracts with two Mitchell-based law firms will expire at the end of the year.

On Jan. 1, 2010, the county formed agreements with the Tinan, Smith & Bucher law firm as its public primary defender and with Stiles & Papendick law firm as its supplemental defender for defendants who need a courtappointed attorney.

The county paid Tinan, Smith & Bucher about $550,000 total for the past four years and paid Stiles & Papendick $208,000 total for the past four years.

At about 10:30 a.m., the commissioners will meet with representatives from both firms in a closed door session to discuss whether they want to renew the contract with their current defenders or seek new firms.

The complete agenda of the meeting is as follows:

• 9 a.m., Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, approval of minutes, citizens’ input.

• 9:30 a.m., Board of Adjustment.

• 9:45 a.m., Highway Superintendent Rusty Weinberg, Re: Chip spreader purchase.

• 10 a.m., Executive session — Personnel.

• 10:15 a.m., Set date and time to accept sealed bids for surplus vehicles and snow plow purchase.

• 10:30 a.m., Executive session — Indigent defender contracts.

• 11:30 a.m., Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery, Re: Quarterly report, Local Emergency Operations Plan, mitigation agreement and sick leave transfer request.

• 11:45 a.m., Miscellaneous motions brought to the board, approve bills, approve timesheets.