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General Counsel’s Office: City Watchdog?

I realize that the mere thought of the City’s General Counsel’s Office serving as a taxpayer watchdog would probably send just about anyone in the St. James Building into gales of laughter, but I figured I’d give it a shot nonetheless.  At yesterday’s Grand Jury testimony, Deputy General Counsel Cindy Laquidara issued a rather eye-opening defense of how she survives in Jacksonville’s version of Tammany Hall politics:

Chief Deputy General Counsel Cindy Laquidara was the second witness to exit the grand jury room. She said last week that no city officials she knew of had been subpoenaed, indicating that she and everyone else who testified had appeared voluntarily.

Asked after her testimony whether she suspected any illegal activity associated with the courthouse, Laquidara said she didn’t have enough involvement to know for sure if there has been any type of misconduct but there was none she knew of.

“I haven’t directly seen any,” she said, “but I try to stay out of things that are not on my watch.”

If only Jacksonville had an abundance of dedicated public servants like Ms. Laquidara.


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