After the recent retirement of Ardmore’s municipal judge, David Blankenship, the city approved to engage BJW Legal Solutions, PLLC, or more specifically Bradley Wilson, to provide services to the city.
“Mr. Wilson has stepped in as a substitute judge in the past and since the retirement of Judge Blankenship has been acting as municipal judge,” City Attorney Jen O’Steen said Tuesday to city commissioners during their regular meeting.
O’Steen told the commission by approving a letter of engagement, through BJW, Wilson would provide services to the city at $150 per court appearance.
In addition, the city would also be agreeing to pay half of BJW’s deductible for malpractice insurance, should a claim be filed based on BJW’s municipal judge services. Half of the deductible would be $5,000.
Wilson will appear at municipal court hearings and preside as municipal judge on behalf of the city on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.
According to a letter to commissioners, submitted by O’Steen, the cost of services for the municipal judge is a budgeted expense and the cost of the arrangement is below budget.
The letter of engagement says Wilson, through BJW, will submit an invoice to the city on the first of each month detailing the number of hearings presided over in the previous month.
“The intent is to review this annually, make sure everyone’s still satisfied with the arrangement,” O’Steen said.
Blankenship worked as a municipal judge for the city of Ardmore for more than 30 years. A farewell reception for him was last month. Although he was giving up his career in Ardmore, Blankenship previously said he was going to continue as Lone Grove’s municipal judge and continue practicing law.