Feud Between Adams, Sparks Officials Escalates

The feud between the Sparks city attorney and city officials over whether the attorney should be elected or appointed has escalated after legislative testimony earlier this week.

The city manager's office calls City Attorney Chet Adams' comments to a legislative committee ``fundamentally misleading.''

An Assembly bill would amend the Reno and Sparks city charters to make the city attorney's job an appointed one, rather than elected.

Adams opposed the bill on Tuesday, charging that the Sparks City Council is using it as a means to get around the will of the voters who have twice defeated ballot questions that would have changed the position from elected to appointed.

The city manager's office issued a statement yesterday criticizing Adams for saying the city council favored the bill.

The assistant city manager says the council is neutral on the measure.