JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city's police and fire pension board is adopting city practices in handling public records requests following an expensive lawsuit that cost several hundred thousand dollars.
Curtis Lee sued the pension board over its public records practices. The retired lawyer was awarded a judgement of more than $75,000 which he planned to collect on Friday.
That never happened. The board voted to put the money in escrow while it appeals to a higher court.
"It started as a quarrel over $326 charge. Now they have spent $375,000 between the $300,000 spent on their attorneys fighting with me," said Lee who was upset with the board's action. He says the money being put in escrow during appeal will cost him hundreds of dollars a month.
The pension board decided as a result of the legal action to fall in line with city policies and procedures in handling requests for public documents.
"Makes it easier," said pension administrator John Keane. "The wheel has been invented, we are just going to roll it."
Lee too was pleased with board's decision.
"It is a good idea they are going to follow city procedures, the city is much more professional," said Lee.