Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mautino Wants City of Tulsa to Pay Legal Bills

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mautino Wants City of Tulsa to Pay Legal Bills

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Jim Mautino just wants to get his legal bills paid.

The former Tulsa District 6 city councilman, hit with a lawsuit in 2010 related to this City Council position, was forced to pay his own legal bills when the city of Tulsa declined to help.

In 2010, Mautino and the other eight city councilors had to defend themselves against a lawsuit that accused then councilors of violating the state's Open Meeting Act. The City Council was investigating Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and his then-chief of staff Terry Simonson, according to published reports.

Burt Holmes, Nancy Rothman and Henryetta McIntosh sued Mautino and the other city councilors on July 14, 2010. In the case, referred to as Holmes vs. City of Tulsa, the plaintiffs alleged that the council illegally entered into executive session and voted in an executive session.

Attorney Gregory Bledsoe, who also represented Mautino in the original lawsuit, said in the lawsuit filed this month in Tulsa County District Court that the city of Tulsa is responsible for the $25,000 in legal fees racked up in Mautino's defense in 2010. …

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