Another chapter involving former Nassau County Attorney Michael Mullin is closed, as the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners approved a settlement with former county employee Justin Stankiewicz for $226,000 to close out a wrongful termination suit.
Stankiewicz sued the county in June 2019. In his complaint, he said after Rayonier filed a public records suit against the county in their own long-running saga, Stankiewicz and Mullin addressed the fact Stankiewicz had relevant records in his possession.
“Mullin directed Plaintiff to delete his text messages,” according to the complaint. “Mullin informed Plaintiff that Mullin already deleted his text messages. Plaintiff refused to delete the text messages and informed Mullin that this was a violation of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.
“Immediately following this inquiry, Plaintiff informed another Defendant employee Taco Pope who had been present during the inquiry that it was wrong Mullin would direct Plaintiff to violate the law.”
In addition to being a named defendant, Pope is the County Manager. Mullin ultimately resigned in March in lieu of prosecution, entering into an agreement with the 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office to resign.
“The state’s investigation found evidence that Mullin committed criminal acts by permitting Nassau County’s systemic failure to