MOUNT VERNON — Over a half a million dollars has been spent by the city of Mount Vernon since 2004 on attorney and insurance fees. A big chunk of that was accumulated through contract negotiations, but lawsuits against the city and personnel issues cost the city big bucks.
From 2006 to 2011, the city paid nearly $190,000 for attorneys from Porter Wright to negotiate the police, fire and classified employee union contracts. The company also provided outside counsel for union arbitration matters as well as lawsuits filed against members of the police department.
More than $140,000 was paid out in attorney fees and settlements involving six lawsuits filed against police officers. Judgment was filed on behalf of the officers in one case while the remaining five were settled.
According to Safety-Service Director Dave Glass, once a lawsuit is handed over to the city’s insurance company, the resolution is out of the city’s hands.
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