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Quincy hires two interim attorneys

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By Alice Du Pont

Quincy has gone from no city attorney to two interim attorneys. During a special Aug. 13 meeting, city commissioners voted to hire J. Jerome Miller as the city’s interim attorney and Hubert R. Brown as the attorney for the Community Redevelopment Agency. 

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The men will replace former city attorney Larry White who was terminated earlier this month.

Miller told the commission he has extensive experience in probate, trust administration, planning, elder, local government and land use law. 

He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northwest Florida, past member and chairman of the Attorney Grievance Committee of the Florida Bar, member of the Florida Bar Real Property, probate and Trust Section and the Florida Bar Local Government Law Section. Additionally, he is a member of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association and was named Florida’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney of the year 2004-2005.

He was a member of the Fort Walter Beach City Council (1981-1985), past attorney for the cities of Carrabelle, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther and Crestview. He is currently attorney for the city of Destin.

Brown said he is a litigation attorney who believes in research. He has litigated cases throughout the state of Florida as well as in Houston, Texas and Thomasville, Ga.

“My ability to research, analyze and thoroughly understand new and complex areas of the law have allowed me to successfully litigate in a number of complex areas of the law and make numerous substantial recoveries on behalf of my clients including a number in excess of $1 million,” he said.

Commissioners instructed Jack McLean, city manager, to begin work on requests for proposals of a permanent attorney to be advertised by mid-September. Both men expressed and interest in applying for the permanent 

position.