30-day deadline on PTC mayor’s threatened lawsuit expires

The 30-day deadline for the Peachtree City Council to restore the salary of Mayor Don Haddix has passed.

Since the filing of a legal claim a month ago, council has taken no official action to restore Haddix’s pay, which council cut in May from $750 a month to under $75 a month. The pay cut was issued, council members said, to recoup nearly $10,000 in legal fees the city paid to litigate and settle a libel lawsuit filed against Haddix by former Mayor Harold Logsdon.

Council continued the reduced pay as a part of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Because Haddix’s pay hasn’t been restored, the mayor’s next step may be to file a lawsuit against his fellow city council members to restore his full salary.

The city’s risk management agency has denied coverage for the lawsuit, meaning that any legal fees incurred in a potential lawsuit will be borne in full by the taxpayers. In a letter to council, the agency noted that it does not cover cases arising from “any claim for salaries, wages or employment benefits.”

In the notice letter to the city that established the 30-day deadline, Haddix’s attorney, former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers, noted 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.”

Bowers also called the council action a bill of attainder, a term dating from the earliest days of the republic. It refers to legislative action in which the governing body — in this case, the City Council — acts as complainant, prosecutor, judge and jury in imposing a financial penalty on a named individual or groups of individuals.

The issue of the city paying for Haddix’s legal fees in the libel case was brought about because the risk management agency by contract covered the cost of the legal charges and settlement. The agency ruled that since the alleged libelous statement was contained in an email Haddix sent to a city employee, it was an official act Haddix undertook as mayor.

The risk management agency had initially denied Haddix coverage in the libel lawsuit, which caused Haddix to hire his own personal attorney in the case. Council members later objected to the city having to pay for Haddix’s legal fees, including the settlement with Logsdon.

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Well good, city council didn't cave

Now we get to see if Haddix actually hired Mike Bowers - as opposed to stealing a piece of his stationary to forge a letter - and how Mr. Mike plans on getting paid. His hourly rate might be a deal breaker for Haddix, unless pumpkin steps up and starts a legal defense fund - or would it be a legal plaintiff's fund? This is really confusing.

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AGAIN HOW BOWERS IS PAID IS YOUR BUSINESS WHY

O i forgot.....when our mayor wins i hope he includes attorney fees which you will help with. maybe you should be thanked in advance robert.

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Why pumpkin, since you asked so nicely, I will tell you

Mr. Bowers is either going to be paid a huge hourly rate by the guy that hired him (da mayor) and that would truly be no one's business at all OR he will be paid a % of the final outcome of the suit, which means he has to add his attorney's fees to the $10,000 Haddix is getting back - and that money is coming right out of my pocket as a taxpayer. That's why it is my business. My guess is that Mr. Bowers (a very highly regarded attorney) would charge $50,000 minimum to handle this case. And he can even run this up into six-figures if he adds punitive damages. Here I have an image of Mr. Bowers (a ferocious cross-examiner) questioning Eric Imker's motives.

If he is to be paid the second way, Mr. Bowers (a fine Christian gentleman and wonderful lawyer) will have to declare that is his intent if and when he files suit. Since the judge himself (or herself) can simply reject (or reduce) that payment for any reason, Mr. Bowers ( a very smart and astute individual) will have to evaluate the odds of winning and then actually getting paid vs. working for nothing and taking a huge chance.

As a brilliant strategist in the courtroom, Mr. Bowers is also faced with the certainty that his client, the bumbling mayor (for now, but not in 2 years when this finally gets into court) of Peachtree City will take the stand and will actually, like have to talk in order to testify. This conjures up images for me that are not very conductive to Mr. Bowers emerging from this fray with victory (and a check) in hand.

As an aside, the mayor is probably dumb enough to try for reelection in 13 months when this lawsuit will still be pending. So, he's suing his own city and wants another term as mayor? Its like Obama saying he needs more time to really fix things. Pretty easy pickings for his opponent.

Decisions, decisions. I'm praying for you, brother Bowers. So is Commissioner-elect Barlow.

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I think perhaps the Mayor was FORCED into this lawsuit, Robert.

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Was he forced to libel the previous Mayor?

OK, pumpkin, right or wrong: Don Haddix shouldn't have accused Harold Logsdon of coming to Council meetings "part drunk" in an email to an employee he never wanted hired in the first place? YES or NO?

Next question: Should Don Haddix simply said "I apologize" when confronted or fight it out behind the scenes using 10K of the taxpayer's money or should he have posted right here that he has eyewitness accounts of said "part drunkeness" and that he would prevail yet he later agrees to pay 3K for damages and let the taxpayers pick up the bill?

These are really simple questions and there are simple answers to them. Considering how tremendous Haddix thinks the powers of Mayor are(which he's dead wrong about), maybe we should expect someone to take responsibility for all of these "powers."

A more complicated question is whether the PTC Council should take it out of his backside by docking his pay. I didn't agree with that and was posting the same thoughts before they ever took action because I could tell they were about to stoop to Haddix's bottom-feeding level, but they did it. Due to Haddix's stupidity, arrogance and lack of anything resembling common-sense, it happened. It is what it is, a disgrace.

None of this happens if Don Haddix could either a) shut his mouth for once or b) accept responsibility for his mouth or c) show some character of which he has never shown an ounce of since being elected. NONE.

Council is being almost as stupid as the Mayor and all that does is reduce them to Haddix's pitiful level. Restore his pay, totally ignore anything he does for the next 13 months, and move forward. Then again, were Haddix to file suit against PTC, that brings up a ton of conflict of interests questions like the idiotic East Point Mayor did and got busted over, so maybe there is some benefit to making him go ahead and sue.

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NUK_1 INTELLIGENT

You know what this is all I have really said. Yes, he made a mistake (unless he actually faced him and knows it for fact)its seems no one else wanted to confirm or not. Perhaps there was just the smell and Haddix overstated no one knows for sure. If it happens again with anyone the Mayor should include someone present in the conversation. Having said that, true or not true, Haddix found himself in a mess, legal resources he found available provided funds to represent his actions. I challenge anyone reading this blog, placed in the same situation, will you stand up and say, resources available, you would ignore and pay from your personal funds. He mis-spoke and I feel confident learned his lesson. It should have been finished, but he found himself forced again to seek counsel and here we go again, and Robert was right or whoever said it, this thing could stretch out a few years before decided, but we must move on. I started posting because of the personal comments, just the hate and below the belt hits and anger. I appreciate everything you just posted for in my mind it is a discussion no cracks about his family, no remarks about me being his wife or quote:"Makes you wonder if Donnie has been spreading a little pollen here and there" quote:"I swear, you're one of the FC residents that would say it's "OK" if a Haddix gunned down 50 people in the Fayetteville downtown square. You'd be on here making excuses and saying everyone else who witnessed the carnage or with an IQ above a Frito was wrong about it. ". Who thinks things like that. Time will tell, I respect what you said above and everyone will be happy to know I am finished. I vote for his money being repaid and his salary reinstated and when I read that has happened I will post again. Thank you.

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If possible, I would urge the Peachtree City council to take a pay cut now...all members.

Otherwise, the mayor will get a bulk payment settlement and probably use those funds to buy new campaign signs and ads to run for mayor again in 2013.

Think long and hard on that one!!! OMG

sorry I just couldn't resist that one....back to my statement to Pumpkin, no more blogging on this mayor? sorry

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CONGRATULATIONS MAYOR HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE

When it is all said and done please do a press release in your lawyers office where your check for back salary is presented hopefully by the entire council and a noted apology.

Let it be front page news and a big picture of the presentation. I will do what I can to have it featured on 11Alive News.

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KEEP UP LARRY YOU NEED TO

I responded to Husband and Fat distasteful comments just yesterday.

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Distasteful?

I don't recall anything I said as being distasteful. True I think the Mayors not the brightest crayon in the box, but never, have I slandered, libeled or been convicted.

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AND I QUOTE

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I might be able to give you a pass Mr. Mayor
If you admit you and Pumpkin wrote this letter after you visited the Growler. This "letter" should be posted in every 3rd grade class on how not to write a letter. Mr. Beverly was right not to publish it when received. My bet is if this was sent in from anyone other than the mayor it would have been thrown in the trash. You forced this letter and should be ashamed on many parts. Mr. Mayor, you are NOT a leader. It's a crying shame we have to live with you as our city's figurehead"

i find that distasteful. i dont even know what "Growler" is also.

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No wonder you are all confused. You can't read.

Just read my comment, nothing was said about you saying anything distasteful. Again try to focus.

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pumpkin: LMAO

Just stop already....I'm laughing tooooo hard. From " try to focus...can't u read..never said anything about you posting distasteful remarks" to "I found this distasteful and commented on it."

Try to keep up with all of the BS you already POSTED HERE IN CAPITAL LETTERS and then say within 12 hours you never said what is plain to see for everyone that you in fact DID.

Are you Bonkers/courthouserules/dollaranddayfound come back to life once again?

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That thought about pumpkin crossed my mind as well, NUK

That it was first of all a he pretending to be a she (the buffunory seems too masculine) and more to the point a person spoofing what a Haddix supporter would be like. I think that is a pretty clear picture, but since he only has one supporter (who may be pretending) we have nothing to compare he/she/it to.

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pumpkin = Donnie?

Maybe ol' Donnie took a page out of the Brown Clown's playbook and has resorted to multiple blog names. The incomplete sentences, broken syntax and incoherent postings by both are very similar. Lord knows, I can't imagine anyone supporting him like pumpkin has.

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RWM & NUK

If ever there were 2 who know and define the word buffoonery, you two are the blogging definition. There are days where you two should just shut it down and go see a Braves game. Like, today, tomorrow and the rest of the season. You both need a little Chipper in your lives.

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moelarrycurly: Considering that everything you post is a whine..

...I'll take that under advisement. Whether it's having hysterics over the NCG theater driveway in Coweta months ago, drinking in Fayeteville or whining about Battery Park and the fish smell, we can always count on you to whine, whine, and then whine some more about anything under the sun. Even RWM and myself aren't that negative.

Look in the mirror or everything you have ever posted here already. THen come back and show me where you ever said "glad to hear this" or "good job" about anything.

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Oh, ok NUK, just so we all play by

what you say the rules are, right? I mean, why anyone should anyone bother having a comment, an opinion, a "whine"(something YOU are more than familiar with), a statement a point of view, an attempt at humor, or any other form of communication on this blog.

Let's see, you spend about 100 times more hours a day on here than any other person, constantly correcting others and telling people they are wrong and they don't have all the facts and you are the best and the smartest and the most boring one of all. Never a hint of humor, no wit, not even a hint of personality. Negative? Why shucks, no negativity in your words, ever.

No, YOU look in the mirror and maybe while you are doing that the rest of the world will just have to run without your insignificant contribution.

Oh, and I am adding you to my whining. You want a pissing contest on whining? Continue on and knock yourself out.

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Nuk_1 and moelarrycurly

Why can't we all just get along? We are all boring.

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On the cover of the Rolling Stone!

"Gonna buy 5 copies for my MOTHER!"

"Gonna see my smiling face, on the cover of the Rolling Stone!"

Sorry, but until MLC has something to say except WAAAAAGH, I'll probably have to point out that excessive whining is bad for your health. Even I can come up with a few positive things to say from time to time here amidst my rants.

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pumpkin: Seriously?
pumpkin wrote:

No wonder you are all confused. You can't read.

Just read my comment, nothing was said about you saying anything distasteful. Again try to focus.

Quote:

I responded to Husband and Fat distasteful comments just yesterday.

I don't think this interwebz thing is working out too well for you and maybe you need to take a break.

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Hey Nuk_1: She is Laurel & Hardy

Who's on first? I don't know.

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My focus?

The issue here is not my focus, but yours. Did you forget to take your pills this morning?

Pumkins Quote:
"KEEP UP LARRY YOU NEED TO
I responded to Husband and Fat distasteful comments just yesterday."

If I wrote something distasteful, please show me.