Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nassau Gets Its Attorney Back; but Michael Mullin Was Concerned That Panel's Vote Wasn't Unanimous

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nassau Gets Its Attorney Back; but Michael Mullin Was Concerned That Panel's Vote Wasn't Unanimous

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Byline: Dan Scanlan

A former Nassau County attorney is returning to the job after an eight-year sojourn into the private sector, following the approval of his contract at a special commission meeting Wednesday morning.

But Michael Mullin didn't say yes until his concerns about the less-than-unanimous contract approval were discussed, even suggesting a second vote to specifically approve his hiring.

Mullin served in the position for about 25 years, then moved on to private practice.

When his replacement died a few months ago, he was approached to return as a few others applied for the advertised position. His experience and proposed higher salary and benefits had already been discussed at meetings as late as Monday. The five-member commission then sat down Wednesday for a final discussion and voted 3-2 with Stephen Kelley and George Spicer in the minority.

When Mullin came to the podium to officially accept or refuse the contract, he admitted he was concerned that he didn't have the approval of some of the commissioners.

"I don't know how we address that, quite frankly," Mullin said. "... I leave that in your laps because to represent you, which I have done in the past regardless of the client, you have to know that you have the support of your client in order to do that, and I wouldn't want to start out by thinking that I did not have that. …

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