Haddix pay lawsuit won’t be ‘covered’

Taxpayers would be on hook for full bill if council fails to restore mayor’s pay

If Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix files a lawsuit seeking full restoration of his salary in coming weeks, city taxpayers will be on the hook for the end result.

That’s because the city’s risk management company has denied coverage for the matter, which means the entire legal cost for defending the city council members will be on the city, as well as any damages and legal fees that might be awarded to Haddix, should he prevail.

Had the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency provided coverage, the city’s liability would be capped at $25,000. But according to GIRMA, coverage is not allowed because of several clauses in its member coverage agreement with the city, including an exclusion of coverage on cases arising from “any claim for salaries, wages or employment benefits.”

Time is running out on the 30-day window to restore Haddix’s pay as requested in a letter to the city by his attorney, Michael Bowers. If the mayor’s salary is not restored, with back pay reimbursed, the lawsuit will be filed, Bowers wrote.

Council members would not answer several questions last week arising from the potential lawsuit, chief among them was whether city taxpayers could expect to pay for the lawsuit.

Council members were also asked if they would pay for the lawsuit from their council salaries much like the situation they forced on Haddix by cutting his pay to recoup legal fees.

On a 4-1 vote in May, council voted to cut Haddix’s salary from $750 a month to just under $75 to recoup money the city spent to indirectly reimburse Haddix for his legal defense in a libel lawsuit filed by former Mayor Harold Logsdon over an email Haddix sent to a city employee. That pay cut was extended in the adopted budget for the upcoming fiscal year as well.

In the notice letter to the city, Bowers notes that the city charter requires the salary of mayor and council to be set during the previous term of mayor and council. Council’s solution to get around that language was to pass the pay cut as a “budget adjustment.”

Council members were upset after learning that Haddix sought reimbursement for the legal fees at $9,969 since the lawsuit was filed against him personally and not in his official capacity. But because Haddix was denied coverage at the outset by the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, he had no choice but to choose an attorney himself instead of following the traditional process of being represented by either the city attorney or a lawyer appointed by council.

GIRMA noted that it chose to cover the cost because the issue at the heart of the libel suit was a comment Haddix made in an email to a city employee, which constituted an official act on Haddix’s part.

Although GIRMA approved coverage of the libel lawsuit against Haddix, the city ultimately had to reimburse GIRMA for the cost because it fell under the city’s $25,000 deductible for legal expenses in any one given case.

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This has gone far enough. It is time egos be put aside and the

full salary be reinstated before this city is on the hook for much more. Easy for some on this site to say they don't care how much it costs the city, that the council should not budge. That is simply foolishness. With the economy what it is, it is not fair to the taxpayers of this city to have to foot the cost of a lawsuit. What happened happened, it cannot be changed. Imker and rest of the council acted without getting all or the true facts and put the city in a bad situation. Time to reinstate the pay and get on with all the important issues facing our city--especially financially.

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Completely agree. We must suffer the consequences of having the buffoon serve as Mayor for another sixteen months, but we certainly don't have to empty the city coffers to placate the egos of the other four Council Members. This city deserves much better, especially since the other four are intelligent men and women who I believe wish to serve the city.

The sooner we can remove the disharmony form the dais, the sooner the city's reputation can begin to heal.

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Mayor

Please correct me if I'm wrong. GIRMA rejected the initial requests because our mayor and city attorney failed to attach or include the required backup information they were using in their claim. That's a bad oversight on both our mayor and attorney.

I too have misspoken on occasion. I appologize and move on or take the heat.

What chaps my butt is that the mayor did this behind councils back and tried to get the costs approved like a stealth weasel. If he had explained to council what he was doing from the get go, he wouldnt be in this mess.

Pumpkin, you think what he did is kosher?

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Husband and Fat A Mistake Was Made By The Mayor

We all at some point in our lives stated something we have regretted. Our Mayor was challenged and pursued in court. Mayor took the legal resources available to him and it should be finished. Did the Mayor try to sneak or hide from council, its possible, but I feel he consulted and made a decision available legally to him and its time to move on.

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Hey Punkin'

Bless Your Heart.

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Just answer one question: Why didn't the mayor simply make a public apology as requested by Mr Logsdon which would have ended the entire saga?

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Mike King you dope

The reason Haddix didn't sign off on Logdsdon apology number 1 is that it included the statement "This was false." Haddix did not think it was false, would not say so but ultimately did apologize without saying that the comments were false. Quit repeating yourself.

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tortugaocho i agree with your statement

perhaps the mayor witnessed something we did not.

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Pumpkin, I am sure you miss a lot

So he witnessed something and didn't have the cojones to address it immediately, but then felt the need to spread rumors like Buckhead Betty. But was not bright enough to do it verbally and had to do this on a city issued computer open for the world to see.

I am pretty sure no establishment in town would hire this man to evaluate the bar patrons before they leave each night. Instead of addressing the problem and taking their keys, he would be going home and blogging about the drunk who was flirting with the waitress.

I have to ditto an earlier blogger. "bless your heart"

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You imply that Mr Haddix has a modicum of honor placing you in very rare company in this town. By making such an allegation, our Mayor was at best stretching the truth and at worst lying in a feeble attempt to impress a city employee that his wife had already made unwelcome. Fact is, he lost the suit, made a public apology (of sorts), and placed the financial burden on his constituents.

Are you and pumpkin related?

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So

Mr. Haddix was too stubborn to sign the apology stating that it was false, however if it was true, he nor anyone else present was man enough to stand up in any council meeting and bring attention to a "part drunk" leader of the City council meetings.

So I guess we have a mayor who wouldn't take the keys from an inebriated driver, yet he is willing to spread false rumors to city employees under his direction

So now we have a stubborn mayor who couldn't prove he was correct, then ambushed the city into paying for his legal fees and stubborn constituents who don't feel it is right for the mayor to be reimbursed due to his stubbornness

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HusbandandFat...Ambushed?

Either he was given advice on how/where to seek assistance or he ask and ask again and guess what, undoubtly legally, (like it or not), he got what he wanted, what he needed. It's done, finished, the decision will not be reversed, we are on to the next battle, which unless the council takes action and reimburses and reinstates him, he stands a chance to MAKE MONEY on this next deal, plus we pay again for his right to do it. "You Can't
Fight City Hall"!

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I will certainly be praying for you

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A conspiracy theoriest would say......

Haddix and Logsdon split the 3K :)

Seems kind of easy, except Logsdon agreed to 3K when he could have bumped it to $24,999. Haddix isn't out anything, neither is Logsdon...City pays all attorney fees.....they split the cash and LOL.

No, i don't think that actually happened here :)

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You have misspoken here.

I provided the full email string to the City Attorney. The Attorney said he attached it. He usually also does a listing of the attachments included.

It went to a third party handler who failed to handle it correctly.

It was approved on the first send to the appeals person at GIRMA. GIRMA admitted error here.

As well you are wrong on doing it behind Councils back. They told the City Attorney they did not want it even considered for the City Indemnification coverage, so it went to my PERSONAL coverage under GIRMA (which is not the Indemnification policy) that requires neither their notification or permission. I am fully entitled to the coverage, as GIRMA stated.

If Council had handled this appropriately from the beginning, not politically, it would have pretty much ended before it began.

You are pointing a finger at the wrong party, here.

So many facts have been misrepresented by Council on this matter. That is why I am suing.

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Correction Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor. You may have provided the full email string to the City Attorney, but he failed to attach it. For some reason you ran right past this critical piece of information. You and he both failed to catch this error. Not sure why you didn't throw him under the bus like you do with others.

Had the third party handler been provided all the information in a timely manner we might not be discussing this right now.

Not sure why GIRMA would appologize if they weren't provided all of the information from the onset.

You also fail to recognize that the lawsuit was aimed at you as an individual and not as mayor. The city council was correct to initially reject this coverage.

I agree at that point you had to obtain your own personal attorney to defend your right to libel someone. What leadership cliff notes explain that libel is a good management tool?

Mr. Mayor, you finger point at everyone but yourself. You placed this unneeded burden on yourself, the city, and the councilmen.

Let finish your term on a positive note. Lead by displaying a positive example, praise others around you, correct in private, and stay off the blogs.

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I can see where I was mistaken. Now please

answer a few questions and set me straight. Most require yes or no answers.

1. Were you originally sued as a private citizen?

2. When the lawsuit arrived, did you tell council you planned to fight this as mayor since you wrote this statement as mayor?

3. If yes, did they tell no because the suit was intended to be held as a private matter and not a city matter?

4a. You claim to have provided the full email string. Did the attorney attach this and forward to GIRMA?
4b. If not, why didn't you catch this mistake?
4c. Why should us citizens pay for your consistent mistakes?

5. If council felt this was a private matter, did you politly disagree and advise anyone on council of your intent to fight this thru GIRMA

6. As mayor and leader do you find it acceptable to trash previous mayors to city workers?

7. Did you win this suit with your own attorney?

8. Do you think you would have won with a GIRMA appointed attorney?

9. Would you ask GIRMA to defend a city employee who stated something false about you if he did this to say help bring in a new business?

10. Didn't you demand to speak with the top dog at GIRMA right away?

11. Didn't GIRMA realize they were dealing with the mayor from PTC?

12. While all this was going on behind councils back, did you ever come out and tell council or the local papers that you planned to fight this and claim you were exempt because you were the mayor and libeled as part of your job duties?

13. Once GIRMA approved payment, did you advise council?

14. Did you apply for reimbursement without advising anyone on council?

Please let me know the truth. I want to understand if your ideals match what I believe should represent me and the city.

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Don't expect Mr. Haddix to answer your questions, he is in this to make money and punish his political foes at our expense. There's no upside to answering your questions.

Mr. Haddix's political career is finished in PTC, he knows this.

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I never expected the truth.

I knew he was not going to answer any of my questions. He has failed in so many ways to be up front and act like a leader. His legal team failed to provide the required information in his email to GIRMA, and no one caught it. Not his lawyer or the mayor himself. A sad thought when we expect our leaders to go the extra mile to protect our interests.

What chaps my butt is the way he hid his disagreement and fought this fight behind city councils back, then tried to sneak the costs past everyone. No one would have known had our council men and woman reviewed the costs presented to them that month. Had they rubber stamped the costs without review, we would all still be in the dark.

Were any of the councilmen copied on his emails to GIRMA as he fought for himself?

Like others on here suggested, it may be right fiscally to call off the fight and just ignore him as they go about city business. It's just hard to do for many reasons.

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Since you have already admitted being mistaken on some points, what makes you so sure you have it right on my being guilty?

Go back and read the accounts from both papers plus get the open records. A lot of items in there you appear to have not read.

I have always said I was innocent and never was I found guilty.

Good night. I am done.

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I am done.

Yes, you are, sir.

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A Shining Example....

...Of sheer arrogance from a miserable failure of an elected official. It was Mayor Haddix who slandered Mr Logsdon to a city employee and had the audacity to refuse a request for a public apology. An apology which would have ended the entire mess, but boneheaded behavior evidently took precedence. The shame of this whole episode is that he has agitated his fellow Council Members to the point of not backing down out of blind rage.

Let's face it Peachtree City, we elected an unemployed ass who likely continues to live off the retirement of his in-laws. Now the little man is looking to cash in on the backs of his constituents for his retirement. The sooner this cancer is gone the better.

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Hey, Mike, why don't you tell us how you really feel?

Stop mincing words and come right out with it! Boy, oh, boy! If you aren't careful all that pent up anger is going to give you an ulcer and you are much too nice a person to have to suffer an ulcer.

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No ulcer, and no pent up anger. It simply embarrasses me that even in some small way I helped get this clown elected.

Time for another get together, don't you think?

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Anytime but this weekend and I am ready. Wish our friend Kevin

would join us. Pick the place and I'll be there.

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Seriously man wtf? Did Haddix sleep with your wife or something?

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Thank you PTC Avenger

Mike's remark against the Mayors prior history and pointed horrible remark about his family is out of line and typical of him and Robert. If anything family and personal life should not be part of this discussion. As I stated before if either of these nuckleheads voted for our Mayor its obvious they did not vet him personally,probably never spoke to him before voting. The current Mayor will be out, probably not soon enough for most, this entire situation is not going to be reversed and the mob bully mentality that stirred up this new lawsuit was partly created by them, which shows while stirring, they themselves did not check the facts, yet again. Leave it alone.

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You cost our City 10 grand+

And we are trying to get our money back. You do not like that. That is why you are suing. I assume you take ZERO responsibility for the loss.

Did I miss much?

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Haddix...good grief

What seems to be missing is the whole reason the 10K fiasco came about in the first place and Haddix has never admitted any responsibility whatsoever for that or the fact that his continuous attacks on councilmembers has so poisoned the environment that this crap has to continue. Contrition? Apologies? Maybe I screwed up? Nahhhh.....that's for losers! I am MAYOR OF PEACHTREE CITY and I AM GOD HERE!

Own up for YOUR ROLE in all of this Don. It was your mouth that brought the Logsdon lawsuit about and it was your mouth that has contributed to the rest of our elected officials in PTC AND in FC despising you and anything you try to do. Stop the damn whining about everything you brought on yourself and try being a leader for the last year of your term before your butt gets kicked to the curb in total disgrace.

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NUK_1, Haddix and Good Grief

Everything you say is true but bottom line, this mayor processes information differently.
no matter what you say to him doesn't matter.....if you say red he thinks you said black!

-No, he does not think he has done anything wrong.
-Yes, he loves to fight with council and voters on this blog when he believes he is right.
-No, he has not concept of leadership.
-Yes, it's all about politics with him.

And, watch and see, he will run for mayor again because he believes that he is popular and right all the time and the citizens of PTC love him!

The man thinks he is doing the right thing for the city!

BE AFRAID that he will be re-elected if there is low voter turn out.

Only real solution is a strong organization of volunteers to get the facts out and the voters out when the proper time comes which is when he announces he is running again.

Volunteers should email me at sussberg@aol.com

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