Monday, November 2, 2015

What does the City Attorney Do?

When the City gets sued, the Mayor calls Beggs & Lane.
When the Mayor is under criminal investigation, the Mayor calls Beggs & Lane.
When the City has employment issues, the Mayor calls Allen Norton & Blue.
When the City has ethics issues, the Mayor calls Allen Norton & Blue
When the City has Charter issues, the Mayor calls Beggs & Lane AND Allen Norton & Blue

Now, on October 15, 2015 the City entered into a contract with Smith and Associates of Tallahassee to represent the City in Purchasing and Contract Matters at the following hourly rates:
  • Shareholder   $ 350.00
  • Associates     $ 275.00
  • Paralegals     $ 125.00
So lets summarize:
  • Lawsuits...Nope
  • Investigations...Nope
  • Employment...Nope
  • Ethics...Nope
  • Charter...Nope
  • Purchasing...Nope
  • Contracts...Nope
What the heck does the City BobbleHead Attorney do for over $150,000 per year?




8 comments:

CJ Lewis said...

Perhaps the position of City Attorney should be an elected office similar to how we elect the State Attorney and Attorney General. We might elect people as incompetent or lazy as those appointed as City Attorney but city voters could vote them out of office even more often if the term of office was two years.

Anonymous said...


Well, first of all, SOMEBODY has to call the outside firms and do the hiring. SOMEBODY has to be able to talk the legaleaze talk to make these firms understand what it is his honor want them to do. His honor certainly can't do this. This is one reason why we have to have a city attorney.

Secondly (and most importantly), the city attorney has to write up the legal opinions that justify whatever his honor wants to do. Oftentimes, our city attorney has to do some very creative writing to invent these legal opinions. That alone justifies paying her $150,000 per year! As long as the city attorney puts enough mumble-jumble words in the legal opinion, no one on the city council will take the time to read the opinions, much less try to understand them. And as long as his honor's legal opinions are written by a real bona-fide attorney, our dead-from-the-neck-up city council will believe that they have no choice but to go along with whatever the mayor tells them to do.

Anonymous said...

I'll tell you what the City Attorney doesn't do...but should do...READ THE AGENDA PACKET, ANTICIPATE THE QUESTIONS THAT COUNCIL WILL HAVE, AND BE ABLE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS. I for one am sick and tired of hearing "I don't know". Why don't they know? They've had a whole week to read the agenda and get smart on it. Also, for the love of God, speak up. How many times does the audience have to beg her to speak into her microphone so people can hear her mumble?

Anonymous said...

The selection of this attorney was intentional.

She has all the necessary skills.... NO personal pride, willingness to lay low, say nothing, and enable the Mayor to spend unlimited funds for favored outside attorneys for matters that are routinely handled by in-house attorneys for Escambia and Santa Rosa County.

The hired guns then represent the Mayor for his private criminal investigation matters.

A grand jury should investigate.

Anonymous said...

She does exactly what Hayward wants her to do.

Anonymous said...

There is one meeting a month. Council people can not get the City Attorney to look at their legislation. She sits in her seat like a dumb mouse. Council actually asks Rusty Wells questions in the meetings, because Ms. Bowling is so useless. Sister, you are going to have to man up and speak up. You were hired to show up and be well prepared.

Anonymous said...

CJ Lewis, what makes you think the voters in the city of Pensacola would vote out someone who isn't doing their job? The voters overwhelmingly re elected Hayward even though he is under a federal investigation by a Grand Jury!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 8:18 -

The voters didn't "overwhelmingly reelect Hayward." Hayward ran virtually unopposed. As a voter in Pensacola, I can assure you that I rarely have a choice in city elections when I go to the polls. I cannot remember when was the last time I had a choice for city councilman in my district. Do you really think that people want P.C. Wu or Larry Johnson or Ashton Hayward to run this city?