Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba condemned the move, saying that the city council doesn’t have the authority to make such a decision.
According to Jackson City Council Attorney Deshun Martin, the city council is well within its rights to approve a contract.
Martin said a 2007 attorney general opinion grants the city council the right to approve contracts to avoid a possible emergency.
“The council has the authority to appoint someone and act on their own to fulfill their actions. When the mayor administration said there is no plan B, C and D, the council understood that we’ve turned a corner,” said Martin.
According to the city council, the mayor’s office didn’t have a plan after Richard’s Disposal made the city aware they were suspending trash pickup services.