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Here’s The Scoop …..#4

6/24/08

Comm. Dodd  addressed his concern over the relationship of the LBTS Special Magistrate and out Town Atty. law firm….previous posts…

The Vice Mayor…..totally misunderstood the point…and made the declaration that such questions of a conflict of interest was insulting to our Town Attorney’s law firm…

He was joined by Comm. Silverstone …in seeing this as “reproaching” the Town Attorney…and would hate to lose the Magistrate on a “feeling”….

The Vice Mayor went after Comm. Clottey when she agreed in the “appearance”…and “perception” the possible conflict could bring from residents….

The Vice Mayor said in his 2 years on the dais he never had a complaint about the Magistrate…

BCbythesea…the previous Magistrate he is referring to… was dismissed…. due to the fact that he is employed by the Town Attorney’s law firm…and he (the Magistrate) was also turned away by the Vice Mayor for the Town Atty. post prior to Mr Abbott…because he represented a developer in town…

The question…if the Vice Mayor never has a complaint about him…why so quick to throw him under the bus for the Town Attorney position?….

The Vice Mayor then abruptly “grilled” Comm. Dodd on what a Special Magistrate does…resulting in Comm. Dodd to recoil a bit…at suddenly being “interrogated”….Dodd went on to respond he was involved in code situations for the town….

The Vice Mayor responded …he does parking tickets…

Comm. Silverstone …agreed…parking tickets and other stuff….

NOTE:…Comm. Dodd was correct….as was asked and answered during the Town Attorney report….

The Vice Mayor…still on a roll told Comm. Dodd he (Dodd) had given the “perception” at the last meeting that the Special Magistrate worked for Weiss, Serota…with the Town Attorney….Dodd again was taken aback…and responded …the Special Magistrate is the Pompano Beach City Attorney….again correct…

NOTE:…Comm. Dodd did not make any such claim…and again asked the Town Attorney during his report…to which Mr. Abbott responded he recalled no such statement…going on to re-iterate Comm. Dodd…that the Special Magistrate is the City Attorney for Pompano Beach…

Mr. Abbott…went on at that time to say he saw no legal conflict…but understood…Comm. Dodd’s concerns…

Note: Perhaps the Vice Mayor had a “flashback” to the previous Special Magistrate?….

more to come…..

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