Fishers renews $240K legal deal with congressman’s wife

The Indianapolis suburb of Fishers has renewed a $20,000-a-month legal services contract with the wife of Republican Senate candidate Luke Messer.

The city of Fishers pays Jennifer Messer $240,000 a year for part-time legal work she does from home in suburban Washington, where the family moved after Luke Messer’s election to Congress in 2012.

Fishers officials gave final approval Monday to her 2018 contract.

She previously worked as an attorney for Fishers through her former firm. But in 2015 she was awarded a contract to work on her own for the city.

The Associated Press previously reported that she makes more than many full-time government lawyers, including the city’s staff attorneys.

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said it’s a good deal for the city because she charges less than many private attorneys.

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