Legal bill causes dispute in Bradenton Beach
Approval of an attorney bill turned into a confrontation in Bradenton
Beach last week.
City attorney Ricinda
Perry submitted a bill for more than $7,000 to the city. The bulk of
the bill was for legal fees incurred by the city in a lawsuit filed by The
Islander newspaper requesting
records regarding a sexual discrimination case by code enforcement officer Gail
Garneau against former building official Ed McAdam. Perry is also a party to
McAdam resigned his position
with the city.
confrontation came between Mayor John Chappie and Commissioner Bill Shearon.
Shearon objected to an item in Perry’s
bill regarding a conversation he said did not take place between he and McAdam.
bill indicated that Shearon had a conversation with McAdam and, as a result,
McAdam contacted Perry to see about regaining his position with the city.
“She has stated
this in writing without speaking to me,” Shearon said.
said that he thought the bill should be approved and endorsed the charges. “The
Islander has made a
lot of accusations,” he said, “false accusations.”
Janie Robertson said she believed the bill was incomplete.
Vice Mayor John
Shaughnessy said he noted that there were two meetings on the same day, July
6; one with McAdam, another with a senior partner in Perry’s firm, Lewis,
Longman and Walker.
vote to pay the bill was approved, with Shearon and Robertson objecting.