Laquidara to Replace Mullaney as General Counsel
Mayor John Peyton today announced the appointment of Cindy Laquidara to the position of General Counsel. Her appointment, which is subject to City Council approval, will be effective on July 1, 2010, coinciding with the departure of the current general counsel, Rick Mullaney.
Mullaney is leaving the office after 13 years to mount his own mayoral bid in 2011.
Since 1998, Laquidara has served as Chief Deputy General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville. In this role she has had led the city's general litigation efforts including the trying of complex federal cases and appeals.
"Cindy has an amazing depth of knowledge and an unparalleled work ethic," said Mayor Peyton. "She has demonstrated dedicated service to this community and her leadership is recognized by all those who have had the pleasure of working with her. Her assumption of the role of General Counsel will be seamless and allow the Office of General Counsel to continue to provide a high level of support to Jacksonville's government agencies."
Laquidara's appointment to this position was supported by all of the city's constitutional office holders, who sent a letter to Mayor Peyton in support of her for the role of General Counsel.
Laquidara is a member of the Massachusetts, New York and Florida bars as well as the United States District Court in Massachusetts, the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
“Certainly, we’re not going to miss a beat with Cindy,” Peyton told the media on Tuesday afternoon. “She is clearly a leader worthy of the job.”