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Who decided to move to the new Duval County Courthouse before it was ready?

5:11 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The blame game. Whose decision was it to move into the new courthouse before it was ready? Some people are now pointing fingers.

The City's Public Works Director Jim Robinson called people out.  Now, those people are saying he's spreading false information.

"False and misleading." Those are the words Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department Captain Bob Ratliff is using to describe what the Director of Public Works did.

Director Robinson spoke to a City Council Oversight Committee on June 11. In that meeting, Robinson apparently said he was part of a committee that made the decision to move into the new courthouse. A move that proved to be premature.

Robinson named names in that meeting. Now, two of the men Robinson named, high ranking members at JFRD, are upset, saying they were not part of that decision to move to the new courthouse.

Captain Ratliff writes in a letter to Robinson, "In my opinion, your comments ... to allow occupancy of the new courthouse is (sic) false and misleading."

JFRD Lieutenant James Groff writes in his letter to Robinson, "To the contrary, I recall vocalizing my great concern over possibly not being ready and stated that 'I believe we are painting our (sic) selves into a corner' and we were told by you, something along the lines of needing to find creative solutions to solve this problem with the timeline we had left."

RELATED: Read both of the letters

First Coast News wanted to interview the Public Works Director Jim Robinson about this. The city's spokesman said, "He isn't available -- I think he's out today." We said we could go anywhere to interview him.  We are still waiting to hear back.

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