Why is Fillmore looking to hire an attorney from Battle Ground?
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#1 Sep 4, 2009
Jeff Osborn has been talking to Cy Gerde of Hanna, Gerde and Russell of Lafayette, IN about providing legal services for Fillmore. After what he has done in Colfax and Thorntown I wouldn't want to risk what he could cost the town.
Gerde doesn't follow the public access laws and it cost those town money when they got sued.
#2 Sep 5, 2009
I am VERY disapointed in Jeff Osborn. I know he thinks he's doing something good for Filmore, but he isn't.
Has anyone taken the time to notice how self promoting Cy Gerde's own website is? If Gerde is such a big time lawyer, why does he only represent a bunch of small towns today? Why have the larger towns dropped him soon after hiring him? The last large Government agency that Gerde represented was Tippecanoe County. If you look at the Journal and Courier archives, the FIRST DAY Gerde was hired as county attorney, Gerde billed them for 32 hours. Not bad when you consider that there are 24 hours in a day, and at some point you have to get lunch, use the restroom, and sleep. Needless to say, Tippecanoe County dropped/FIRED Gerde after the first year. The COUNTY got tired of Gerde over billing them. Even County Commissioner Ruth Shedd, a woman he helped get into politics, and dated in his younger days, helped throw Gerde out.
Our town hired Gerde several years back. Gerde IS a wolf in sheeps clothings. Gerde starts out saying he can get all of this stuff for your town for free. Just give him the numbers, and he can jugle them around. Gerde will get your town a few grants, of course you will pay him to write them. After a while, he'll try and talk your town into getting a new fire station.(look at how large the lawsuit was for Gerde's incompentence with the town of New Ross. New Ross VS Ferri Construction.) Gerde kept filing appeals after he lost. Guess who paid for the appeals. Thats right. Joe taxpayer/working stiff.
I don't know about you guys out there, but I don't make $350.00 an hour, in a day, or take home $350.00 a week after taxes. I don't drive a new vehicle, and sit in box seats at sporting events like Gerde does. Gerde charges $350.00 an hour for his services. While Gerde may say "I charge a flat rate a month for towns". Your councilman calls Gerde with a question. The meter starts running. Gerde spends most of the conversation braging about himself, and maybe, just maybe he might answer your councilman's question.
If what your town wants work done, Gerde subcontracts the work out to Mike Parkinson. Parkinson charges Gerde $140.00 an hour. Gerde reviews the work, and charges your town for both lawyers services at $350.00 AN HOUR. Think I am kidding, look at Thorntown. Gerde is having a heck of a time running up their legal bill, and my tax bill.
Don't get suckered in. Gerde is a lot of hot air, and very little substance. Parkinson does all of Gerde's legal work. You just pay for the Gerde name brand.
SAVE YOUR TOWN SOME MONEY. GO WITHOUT GERDE.
THINK I'M KIDDING. LOOK AT THE TOWN OF SHADELAND'S BUDGET. Gerde has his hand in everything at Shadeland, including the town's rec center. Gerde was 10% of the town budget before the town of Shadeland incorporated, and he is today. Gerde's bill is WELL over $50,000.00 a year. Gerde's not done to bad, considering the town has less than 2,000 residents.
Save your tax money, tell Jeff Osborn, GET GERDE OUT. WE CAN'T AFFORD IT.
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