After being called in from the field one night and interrogated by Skinner, I stopped the procedure and sought counsel. I asked my association what attorneys were available. I needed the best. Word had circulated in the department James Gattey and Greg Petersen were the best; however, I was told neither were available. I was assigned Ed Dillon who specialized in Workman’s Compensation cases. Not my idea of the best. This was like a foot doctor performing brain surgery.
After opening up and giving Dillon all my information I collected against Carl Black, Dillon looked at me and said, “Listen, here’s what’s going to happen, You’re going to cop to all the allegations, you’ll get a healthy suspension, but at least you’ll keep your job.” I started to do a slow burn and said, “You are supposed to represent me to the best of your ability and in my best interests. I’m not going to admit to something I didn’t do.” I fired him on the spot and obtained other counsel When Carl Black had his Civil Service hearing in June of the next year he obtained Ed Dillon. Dillon should have declined because of a conflict of interest as he represented an adversarial position to mine without my written permission. #Conflict