Billing records from Beggs & Lane reflect, in fact, VanSickle had been retained for almost a year for HR related matters including the hiring of Eric Olson, the departure of Tamara Fountain, defending the City in an ongoing EEOC complaint and changes to the Employee Manual concerning the Appeals Panel.
- In April 2015, VanSickle reviewed Eric Olson's employment agreement
- In August 2015, VanSickle was involved with Tamara Fountain's employment issues and had a phone call with Ed Sisson and the Mayor the day after Edward Deas made his complaint against Schmitt and Glover.
- In October and November 2015, VanSickle bills for representing the City in a FCHR and EEOC complaint a Pensacola Police Officer made against the City. This fact alone means he has an unavoidable conflict of interest in any "independent investigation" of HR and EEOC matters.
- In December 2015, VanSickle bills the City for a telephone call with Sisson regarding the disciplinary appeals process removal. He was involved in the manual changes that he addressed in his report without even disclosing that he was involved in the changes himself.
How would it have looked in the other EEOC complaint that VanSickle is presently defending for the City if he himself had found EEOC violations in the Chief's matter?
Despite these facts, VanSickle stated to the PNJ: