County Attorney Howard Estes has been asked to leave, with an effective date of March 31, 2012. This information was obtained from a very reliable source inside the Cumberland County Government complex.
Not many details are available, but Mr. Estes at one time was making $285,000 a year for representing this county of 10,000 residents. In recent years, the county has fallen on hard times, and is $50 million dollars in debt. Mr. Estes was present as the County Attorney during most of the adding to that debt.
No one at the Cumberland County government had any comment for this story. It is unknown if this development has anything to do with the swearing in of 4 new Supervisors this week. The Board is comprised of 5 members.