Escambia County is on the hook for Commissioner Doug Underhill‘s legal fees. Escambia County Circuit Court Judge Jan Shackelford ordered the county Thursday to cover Underhill’s $24,616 bill.
Underhill was accused of libeling a political consultant on Facebook in 2019. A judge, though, threw out the case.
According to the Pensacola News Journal, the county’s payment will include $1,151 in interest, which will grow at an annual rate of 4.25% until the debt is paid.
Voters elected Underhill to represent Escambia County’s District 2 in 2014. He is a 27-year Navy veteran who still serves as a reservist in an intelligence unit.
– Jason Delgado, Florida Politics