Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peeling Back the "Independent" Fire Investigation

Remember the Fire Chief investigation?

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.  

1st District Court of Appeals records reflect the following cases where she has directly represented the City of Pensacola:

16-412109/14/2016Merrill Land, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company, v. The City of Pensacola, a Florida Municipal Corporation, and

16-248105/31/2016The City of Pensacola v. Seville Harbour, Inc.,

13-67102/12/2013Stephen Rhodes v. City of Pensacola and

11-669712/15/2011City 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?


Anonymous said...

Sounds like somebody's pants are on fire!

Anonymous said...

Maybe the firefighters will extinguish their pants for them...Lol...Then again maybe they won't put anything of theirs out after all of the charity they've shown towards them.

Anonymous said...

OMG...How more blatant can it get?
Eadler v City of Pensacola - Beggs & Lane
Rhodes v City of Pensacola - Beggs & Lane
Chiefs v City of Pensacola - Beggs & Lane
Nothing more than a taxpayer funded witch hunt. This is the type of BS that gives attorneys a bad name.

Anonymous said...

Beyond ridiculous!!!! Attorneys get paid BIG $ whether they win or lose.

Anonymous said...

You can't make this stuff up. Well you could but no one would believe it. What a bunch of clowns we have trying to give the city away.