April 17, 2024


General will live on forever

Commissioner Doug Underhill sues Escambia County of legal service fees dispute

Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill is suing Escambia County for far more than $23,000 in authorized charges he incurred in productively defending a defamation lawsuit.

In July, the First District Court of Appeal upheld a ruling by Escambia Circuit Courtroom Decide Stephen Pitre that Underhill experienced immunity from a lawsuit submitted by Scott Miller more than Underhill’s comments on Facebook about Miller’s involvement with the Rolling Hills landfill in the Wedgewood neighborhood.

Pitre dominated that Underhill’s reviews on Fb were being a dialogue of community county policy and, therefore, component of his career as a county commissioner.

Escambia County District 2 commissioner Doug Underhill speaks during a meeting in downtown Pensacola on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Last week, Underhill questioned his fellow county commissioners to vote to pay his legal expenses in the situation, but none of the other commissioners would 2nd the item or even discuss on it, meaning it died without the need of a vote.

Underhill’s attorneys, Todd Harris and Ed Fleming of the McDonald Fleming legislation business, filed a lawsuit Monday afternoon on behalf of Underhill, demanding the county follow its policy to spend for the legal defense of commissioners sued more than a thing “within just the scope of their duties.”