Ms. Jill Madajczyk, senior assistant city attorney, law division, took over the additional duty of open record coordinator from Bridgett Handy-Clay after Bridgett was fired. I went down and met Jill and found her to be very cooperative, competent, pleasant but overworked due to her having a number of legal cases in addition to this new and hopefully temporary duty for open records.
I added to her work load by requesting some cost figures for recent time periods for outside legal costs and temporary and full time in house costs. For your perusal I have attached some files that Jill sent.
- List of transactions from July1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 in the amount of $11.25 million dollars. There may be lots of interesting items but $891,000 for Ricky Wilkins stands out along with $1.77 million to Linebarger in fees. Linebarger is the firm that Willie Herenton contracted with to collect delinquent taxes instead of letting Bob Patterson do the job at a lesser fee.
- List of transactions from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 in the amount of $5.6 million. Allan Wade, attorney for the City Council, $171,117.85. This is over and above his city council salary and benefits. A down year for Wilkins ($218,729.48).
- Total fees for outside attorneys for 2009 and 2010. $2.2 million for 2009 and $1.7 million 2010.
- A list of staff attorneys some of whom work out of their office but are paid on salary, not at an hourly rate.
Ms. Madajczyk is working on a list of part time attorneys who work on contract at an hourly rate. We will publish that when it is available. Look over the attached files and let me know if there is anything that raises your interest or about which you have questions.