Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill is suing Escambia County for more than $23,000 in lawful charges he incurred in productively defending a defamation lawsuit.

In July, the Initial District Court docket of Enchantment upheld a ruling by Escambia Circuit Courtroom Decide Stephen Pitre that Underhill had immunity from a lawsuit filed by Scott Miller over Underhill’s opinions on Facebook about Miller’s involvement with the Rolling Hills landfill in the Wedgewood neighborhood.

Pitre ruled that Underhill’s remarks on Fb were being a dialogue of public county coverage and, consequently, component of his work as a county commissioner.

Very last 7 days, Underhill requested his fellow county commissioners to vote to spend his lawful service fees in the circumstance, but none of the other commissioners would second the merchandise or even communicate on it, which means it died with no a vote.

Underhill’s attorneys, Todd Harris and Ed Fleming of the McDonald Fleming law firm, filed a lawsuit Monday afternoon on behalf of Underhill, demanding the county follow its coverage to fork out for the lawful protection of commissioners sued more than a little something “within just the scope of their duties.”