Well often times as the smoke settles, what really happened becomes clearer to all.
Remember how Beggs & Lane was an "independent firm"?
How Russell Van Sickle was "independent" in his work?
Well lets peel back the onion on the independence of the investigation.
I have already shown that billing records indicate that Russell Van Sickle worked on other maters for the City, including:
- Reviewing Eric Olson's employment agreement
- Reviewing Tamara Fountain's employment issues
But billing records also indicate another attorney worked on the fire investigation:
Who is TLD? A very nice lady named Terrie L. Didier.
Billing records indicate that Ms. Didier worked at least 4.8 hours on the fire chief investigation:
- Review and make suggestions regarding investigative report.
|16-4121||09/14/2016||Merrill Land, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company, v. The City of Pensacola, a Florida Municipal Corporation, and|
|16-2481||05/31/2016||The City of Pensacola v. Seville Harbour, Inc.,|
|13-671||02/12/2013||Stephen Rhodes v. City of Pensacola and|
|11-6697||12/15/2011||City of Pensacola Fire v. Christopher Eadler|
She may be nice, but she is NOT INDEPENDENT. She is the City's attorney. In fact two of the above cases, she represented the City AGAINST FIREMEN.
Finally, in the Beggs & Lane contract with the City she is directly listed as an attorney for the City.
See page 3
Potential Deposition questions for TLD and RFV:
- What changes did she "recommend"?
- Who asked her to get involved?
- Does she consider herself independent from the City? In fact? In appearance?