Clinton native Chelsea Harkins Brannon was appointed by Mayor Fisher and the Board of Aldermen to the position of City Attorney. In August 2016, Brannon became the City of Clinton's first in house City Attorney. Brannon provides the city full time access to legal counsel.
A 2000 graduate of Clinton High School, Chelsea received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Rhodes College in 2004. She then received her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law in 2008. There, she received an Am Jur for Legal Research and Writing, an Advocacy Award, was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and served as a Mississippi Trial Competition competitor and coach, as well as a national qualifier in the ABA National Arbitration Competition.
Brannon brings 9 years of municipal law experience to the position and a passion for working within local government
Chelsea Brannon brings experience as a prior attorney for the City of Gulfport, Mississippi, where she served in their in house legal department. During her term in Gulfport, Brannon worked closely with economic development leaders, public safety officials, department heads and elected officials to support the growing and diverse needs of the municipality. Prior to joining the City of Clinton, Brannon worked at Wells, Marble and Hurst, PLLC, in Ridgeland.
The City Attorney serves as legal advisor and attorney for the City of Clinton as a government entity. Because of the nature of the City Attorney's role, Brannon doesnot represent or provide legal advice to individual citizens, groups or other entities.
Brannon’s job will be to advise the mayor, Board of Aldermen, department directors and other City employees; serve as legal counsel during Board meetings; support the legislative and administrative processes involving ordinances, contracts, legal research, legal opinions and litigation; and represent the City's legal interests and defend its rights before all judicial, legislative and administrative tribunals.