Jacksonville City Council resolution 2013-111-a honoring JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney


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Jacksonville City Council resolution 2013-111-a honoring JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney. For his service, Mullaney was honored by the Jacksonville City Council Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a resolution that commended him for his outstanding tenure with the city of Jacksonville

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Jacksonville City Council resolution 2013-111-a honoring JU PPI Director Rick Mullaney

  1. 1. Amendedn & Enacted 2/26/13 - 1 - Introduced by Council Member Schellenberg and amended on the floor1 of the Council:2 3 4 RESOLUTION 2013-111-A5 A RESOLUTION HONORING AND COMMENDING RICHARD6 A. “RICK” MULLANEY FOR HIS OUTSTANDING TENURE7 AS GENERAL COUNSEL OF THE CITY OF8 JACKSONVILLE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.9 10 WHEREAS, Rick Mullaney was born and raised in Jacksonville,11 graduated from Forrest High School, attended the University of12 Florida on a debate scholarship, where he earned his bachelor’s13 degree and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and first in his class, and14 also earned his law degree with honors at Florida where he was15 Executive Editor of the Law Review and received the Best Oralist16 Award from the Moot Court Team; and17 WHEREAS, upon graduation, Mr. Mullaney practiced civil18 litigation with the firm of Carlton, Fields before joining the19 State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville where he was a prosecutor20 for 10 years and was named Prosecutor of the Year for the State of21 Florida in 1991; and22 WHEREAS, in 1991 Rick Mullaney joined the City’s General23 Counsel’s Office as a litigator, eventually becoming Chief of the24 Tort Litigation Division before moving to the Mayor’s Office as25 Chief of staff to former Mayor John Delaney in 1996; and26 WHEREAS, Mayor Delaney appointed Mr. Mullaney as the City’s27 General Counsel in 1997, heading the largest municipal law firm in28 the state which represents the entire consolidated government of29 the City of Jacksonville, including the Mayor, the City Council,30 five Constitutional officers, the 7 independent authorities and31
  2. 2. Amendedn & Enacted 2/26/13 - 2 - over 40 appointed boards and commissions; and1 WHEREAS, Mr. Mullaney served as General Counsel from 1997 to2 2010, for nearly 13 years. Mr. Mullaney was appointed by Mayor John3 Delaney in 1997 and 1999 and by Mayor John Peyton in 2003 and 20074 and Mr. Mullaney served 13 City Council Presidents during that time5 and his appointment as General Counsel was confirmed by City6 Council four times; and7 WHEREAS, with a tenure of 10 years, Rick Mullaney was the8 longest-serving General Counsel in the 45-year history of the9 consolidated government, having been reappointed to the post by10 Mayor John Peyton when he succeeded Mayor Delaney after his second11 term, and during his decade as General Counsel provided legal12 counsel on some of the largest initiatives in Jacksonville’s civic13 history, including the $2.2 billion Better Jacksonville Plan, the14 Preservation Project, the creation of the Jacksonville Economic15 Development Commission, and the development of a comprehensive Code16 of Ethics for the City, among many others; and17 WHEREAS, Rick’s public service extended beyond the walls of18 City Hall. Rick Mullaney has been active with St. Vincent’s19 HealthCare Foundation and St. Vincent’s HealthCare System since20 2004 and 2005 respectively, holding the leadership position of21 Chairman of the Board of Directors for St. Vincent’s HealthCare22 Foundation in 2009-2011; St. Vincent’s HealthCare Systems Strategic23 Directions Committee Chair in 2006-2007. Rick has also shared his24 time with Gateway Community Service Board of Directors, acting as25 the Vice Chairman from 2010-present. As well as being an active26 member of a charity close to Rick’s heart, the ALS Regional27 Council; and28 WHEREAS, after a long and distinguished career as an attorney29 and a subsequent run for mayor, Rick Mullaney has become the30 founder and first Director of Jacksonville University’s Public31
  3. 3. Amendedn & Enacted 2/26/13 - 3 - Policy Institute which will offer the first master’s degree in1 public policy in the State of Florida as well as three master’s in2 public policy dual degrees in law, business, and marine science and3 serve the Jacksonville community as a resource for research, public4 programs, and collaborative efforts to analyze and solve important5 public policy issues in Northeast Florida, the State, and the6 Nation; now therefore7 BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Jacksonville:8 Section 1. The City of Jacksonville hereby honors and9 commends Richard A. “Rick” Mullaney for his outstanding performance10 as Jacksonville’s longest-serving and one of its most effective11 General Counsels, and extends its best wishes for the success of12 his new Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University and his13 many other civic involvements.14 Section 2. Effective Date. This Resolution shall become15 effective upon signature by the Mayor or upon becoming effective16 without the Mayor's signature.17 18 Form Approved:19 20 /s/ Margaret M. Sidman21 Office of General Counsel22 Legislation Prepared By: Jeff Clements, City Council Research23 G:SHAREDLEGIS.CC2013ResSchellenberg Rick Mullaney res.doc24