Council members to discuss removing General Counsel Laquidara

Cindy Laquidara

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - City Council members Matt Schellenberg and Bill Gulliford have scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss a proposed resolution that would seek the removal of General Counsel Cindy Laquidara.

Some council members have been critical of Laquidara on matters ranging from the SMG contract at EverBank Field to the proposed police and fire pension deal.

There was also a "no confidence" resolution introduced by council member Kimberly Daniels but withdrawn.

The City Council does not have the power to remove Laquidara. She serves at the appointment of the mayor.

But the council can pass a resolution asking the mayor to dismiss her.

Mayor Alvin Brown issued the following statement Friday:

"Cindy Laquidara has three decades of legal experience, including substantial time in private practice and more than fifteen years with the Office of General Counsel. She is board certified in local government law. Her peers have previously honored her as the Jacksonville Lawyer of the Year and the Jacksonville Woman Lawyer of the Year. Given her qualifications, legal skills and high standing in the legal community, it is little wonder that Florida Trend has once again named Cindy Laquidara as one of our state's top government attorneys.

"Since 2010, Cindy has ably served the City of Jacksonville - executive branch, legislative branch, constitutional offices, and independent authorities - as General Counsel. I look forward to her continued service as the consolidated government's chief attorney."

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