At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard had his consulting contract terminated by Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, The City Paper learned last week.
Maynard, an attorney, said he worked as “general counsel” for Matthew Walker. However, Jeff McKissack, the CEO for the nonprofit health center, said that was never the case.
“He was a consultant,” McKissack said. “But we don’t have a general counsel. We do have needs some time that require consulting work and he’s provided that in past.”
Maynard’s contract was terminated following a column that ran in The Tennessean two weeks ago that pointed out Maynard’s law license has been under administrative suspension by the state board of professional responsibility since 2006. Attorneys are required to pay dues and take 18 hours of Continued Legal Education (CLE) classes annually.
“Of course it changes where he falls on the list,” McKissack said, pointing out Matthew Walker uses attorneys from major Nashville firms. “When it comes to legal opinions, we’re going to use licensed attorneys.”
Maynard said his license was suspended because he has been so busy with politics since 2006. Maynard was in charge of outreach for Harold Ford, Jr.’s unsuccessful 2006 Senate campaign. He followed that up by successfully running for Metro Council in 2007.
“Every month there are hundreds of lawyers who are temporarily suspended for the very same technicality,” said Maynard, adding he was working to make up for his missed CLE work. “This is not something where I was engaged in an egregious act, it was a technicality.”
Maynard said he was “looking for other opportunities outside of practicing law” and added that he held no ill feelings toward Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center.
“I appreciate everything they do,” Maynard said. “I served there for 10 years and I appreciate their services they offer providing medical care and dental care to people in need. I accepted that decision, I didn’t fight it.”
The councilman said he wouldn’t speculate how word got out that his license was under administrative suspension, but guessed there were “people around town who would be happy to learn my contract was terminated.”
“This is not going to deter my resolve,” he said. “I’m only going to work harder and fight more for all the communities of Nashville, not just a privileged few special interest groups.”
Maynard continues to serve as senior pastor at Southside Community Church.