City Council Meeting Minutes
<br />January 10, 2013
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<br />As GIRMA later stated, that forced me to hire my own lawyer, which was a justifiable
<br />expense under my personal GIRMA coverage that I was fully entitled to. GIRMA also stated
<br />there was mishandling of the matter initially. They stated I should have had their
<br />representation from day one. That contrary to the lawsuit, I did act as Mayor fully within the
<br />duties of my office.
<br />Even with the ruling by GIRMA, the Councilmembers continued to declare me guilty of
<br />slander and libel. They also added accusations of stealing for the taxpayers. They did so on
<br />the Dais, in the newspapers and even on TV. They appealed to GIRMA to reverse their
<br />decision and take back the money, which GIRMA refused to do.
<br />When 1 threatened legal action, if they reduced my salary, Co uncifman Imker said I didn't
<br />have the money to sue them. The others backed him. They proceeded to reduce my salary,
<br />thinking 1 had no recourse against them.
<br />But, I did hire a lawyer. They were legally threatened with a lawsuit for the salary. A second
<br />lawsuit was threatened for slander and libel. They settled and gave me back my salary and
<br />were forced to retract their accusations in the Settlement Agreement.
<br />Bottom line here is if the Councilmembers had backed the full and proper handling of this
<br />matter at the beginning, the Logsdon lawsuit would have gone away quickly and cheaply,
<br />because three foundational claims in the lawsuit would have been refuted on day one.
<br />The lawsuit didn't end out any kindness of the heart. There were facts laid on the table that
<br />caused the dismissal
<br />The Councilmembers claimed t had to ask their permission to file with GIRMA. That was a
<br />false claim and admitted to in the Agenda Item on the ordinance requiring notification of
<br />Council of any lawsuit. No permission was ever needed.
<br />The Councilmembers claimed they had to authorize payment of a bill from GIRMA. Again, a
<br />false claim admitted to during the Agenda Item.
<br />The Councilmembers claimed they had to authorize reimbursement to me by GIRMA. Yet
<br />another false claim admitted to during the Agenda Item.
<br />The Councilmembers claimed they had the authority to reduce my salary via the Budget.
<br />And again, another false claim so proven by a court ordering a Fayette County judge's
<br />salary, with back pay, be restored. The argument for taking his salary was the same as for
<br />taking mine.
<br />The Councilmembers claimed Fcommitted libel and slander. !n fact, they had libeled and
<br />slandered me over a two year period and had to retract their accusations in the Settlement
<br />The Councilmembers claimed City indemnification could not be given for accusations of
<br />libel and slander. Yet, they gave themselves indemnification when accused of committing
<br />libel and slander.
<br />The Councilmembers claimed it required a Council vote to give indemnification. Yet, they
<br />gave themselves indemnification without a vote.