- Jul 25, 2008
Wonder if Representative Gaetz will represent me in a lawsuit against Gov Scott for the Sunshine Law violations that he has? Oh that won't work, he has higher aspirations.
When Walton County bought the land at Chat Holley from Lloyd Blue for a possible turn lane, the county used the services of a special counsel, Attorney George Ralph Miller. Miller has been listed in some media as not doing his job and the land transaction has been questioned as mistakes made and possible intent of wrongdoing. Miller’s services as a special counsel for the county were abruptly terminated and Miller was left with a professional black eye.
At Tuesday afternoon’s Walton Commissioner meeting, Miller addressed the Board and reviewed what has happened to him, defending the job he did. Miller also disagreed with some of the conclusions of the law firm from Tallahassee that produced a report for the commissioners. That report put the blame on Walton County Attorney Lynn Hoshihara, but also included others of making mistakes or not following procedures and even points to the commissioners as to not making the use of special counsel clear.
George Ralph Miller said his services with the county was dropped with no advance warning. Miller said he was offered a chance to resign and his termination letter was sent before he even knew what was happening, before he was called to a meeting. He was shown an almost 100 year old letter about property on Chat Holley. Miller said he had reviewed the documents and had told Commissioner Scott Brannon they were ok to sign and were in order. He said he even advised the signing could wait through the weekend.
Miller said his review showed the property had not been purchased twice by the county. He said the survey showed this and a title attorney said there was no problem. Two notes in the title were removed. Miller said his job was to review the closing documents and that is what he did.
Miller said the information he is presenting is running contrary to what was reported and presented by experts. Miller said he has been questioned by the county’s experts from Tallahassee. He said it is ludicrous to presume he would advise to close without reviewing the documents. Miller said those responsible for putting the question of if the county paid twice for the same property have not gone back and corrected their statements. Miller said he has been accused of business arrangements and developments with Lloyd Blue. Miller said Blue is his friend, but has not done business with him since around 1990.
Miller said County Administrator Greg Kisela told him he was fired because of the deed. He pointed out what he described as a legal impediment to the deed if it was like some said. Miller also said he was on hourly pay during the time of the matter. He called his firing a knee jerk reaction and talked about the damage to his career.
Miller then said the commissioners should not hide behind a frivols lawsuit and should be able to talk to him. Before he came before the Board, the county attorney advised members not to discuss anything due to a pending lawsuit by Suzanne Harris. Miller said he is not afraid of Suzanne Harris and feels she is just trying to make sure he does not work for the county anymore. He said his conscious is clear about Chat Holley. He told commissioners he has represented the commission and board for about 40 years and hopes they are proud of the relationship.