Matt Shirk's phone records released

Public defender under fire for hiring practices, public records violations

Published On: Oct 18 2013 11:02:19 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 11:38:33 PM EDT
Public Defender Matt Shirk
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

More information is becoming available regarding Public Defender Matt Shirk, whose office is under investigation by a special prosecutor for allegations of hiring irregularities and possible violations of public records laws.

His office has released heavily redacted records of his personal cellphone activity. Apparently the blacked out portions are personal texts unrelated to the investigation.

Three female office workers were fired in June and Shirk's wife publicly confronted one of the women in the office.

Earlier documents showed several texts from employee Tiffney Ice that were flirtatious in nature. Shirk has admitted some of his texts to the women were inappropriate.

Channel 4 was told hundreds of emails from Shirk's former chief of staff, Ron Mallett, would be released Friday afternoon.

Friday evening, Channel 4 received this statement from Shirk's lawyer, Gene Nichols:

"Mr. Shirk's office has provided all information requested in a timely manner, consistent with Florida public records law. Mr. Shirk's office will continue to provide all documents requested, no matter how many times news agencies continue to make requests, when the request is properly made pursuant to Florida law. Text messages related to his work at the Public Defender's Office or with employees of the Public Defender's Office have been provided. All text messages related to purely personal issues not directed to any employee of the Public Defender's Office have been properly redacted. Mr. Shirk once again thanks the law firm of Rogers Towers for their independent review and response of public record requests made to the Office of the Public Defender."