Mayor John Marks could ask the city to pay money he spent defending himself

Posted at 5:47 PM, Jan 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-28 13:04:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --  The mayor's attorney Barry Richard told me the Mayor was charged seven hundred and fifty dollars an hour for his services.

        The final bill could be staggering and taxpayers may be stuck with the tab. 

City Commissioner Nancy Miller says,"When they are cleared they are able to go back to the Government and expect for the Government  which they are serving to pay the legal bills. Frankly, this is the new normal ethics complaints whether founded or not."  

That's is exactly what Tallahassee Mayor John Marks could do after he was cleared of any ethical wrong doing, when it came down to city business.

The mayor's legal fees could be staggering, and are now the center of attention among city leaders and tax payers.

The mayor's attorney Barry Richard told says he charged the mayor seven hundred and fifty dollars an hour.


It's unknown just how much the Mayor's legal fees totaled up to be. But whatever the dollar amount, some city council members say they are okay with paying the mayor back just as long as the bill is too high.


City Commissioner Gill Ziffer says, "My only stipulation is that it be fair and reasonable. In the past we have done this. we have a dollar figure we generally base it around I see no problem."  


So if the Mayor does puts in a request for the city to pay his tab, where will the city get the money.


City Commissioner Andrew Gillum says,  "The city does have a deficiency fund. The city also has a fund when we lawsuits as it sometimes happened set aside to address those."  

by text message the mayor says at this time he does not have a figure to release.

       if he does ask the city to cover the bill that information will become public at that time.