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Action News uncovers emails from Matt Shirk to female employee

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Updated: 9/04/2013 11:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News has obtained some of the inappropriate messages Jacksonville Public Defender Matt Shirk exchanged with a female employee months ago.

This while the Duval County Democratic Party Chairman is the first to publicly call for Shirk to resign his elected position.

Action News investigator Lynnsey Gardner obtained more than 60 emails Wednesday between Shirk and former employee Tiffany Ice.

She's the same employee sources say Shirk's wife confronted inside his office in June.

Here are excerpts from some of the emails.

On Feb. 7, Ice writes Shirk at 10 a.m. on a Thursday:

"We should get a group together and do Vegas for our birthdays!!!!"

Shirk, her married boss, responds: "Ha! would be so fun!"

Ice then shares: "...I want to remember my 30th birthday as a blast. Well, maybe not remember everything. ..it is Vegas..hahahaha"

Shirk, her superior, writes "Ha! fun! and you're not supposed to remember everything on your birthday!"

Ice closed out with " Tru Dat!:) ESP. the DIRTY 30...lol."

There was a mix of professional and personal emails in the stack; Ice asking Shirk for real estate advice, school for her son, a job for her friend, and well wishes including a Happy Valentine's Day with a smiley face.

There were also more than a dozen messages between the two about meeting up for a morning coffee outside of work. An email from Jan. 22, 2013, shows Ice thanking Shirk for coffee.

He responds:"Thank YOU!"

Ice responds: "text me when u go if you want company." She then gives her number.

We now know questionable texts and emails between Shirk, Ice and two other young female staffers led to a reported office confrontation in June.

As we reported, on June 13, 2013, Shirk's wife, Michelle Shirk, used a key card to enter her husband's office.

She did not have security clearance to carry one.

Our sources say Michelle Shirk confronted Tiffany Ice.

Termination letters obtained by Action News show Shirk's chief of staff Ron Mallett, terminated Ice on June 25.

A week earlier, Mallett fired two employees hired over the summer from Whisky River, a bar and restaurant.

Almost all of the emails we received Wednesday show they were modified on June 17.  We asked what that meant, but are still waiting for clarification.

Action News made a formal request for those emails on Aug. 9.

We are still waiting on part of our request to be fulfilled, emails between Shirk and the two other fired women.

Part of the delay is that the requests are now being filled by an outside law firm and a public relations agency. Both firms are providing their services free of charge to the Public Defender's Office.
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StAugPicker - 9/5/2013 10:09 AM
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Am I missing something? Where's the controversy? The closest thing I found was Ice referring to her birthday as the "dirty 30." You've posted coffee orders and called it inappropriate. If this is the worst you've got, I'd hate to see the other 50 emails. If Ms. Gardner thinks there's a story in what happened, she certainly hasn't found it in these documents.

FlSunRise87 - 9/5/2013 9:43 AM
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awesome story.. NOT! His position has NOTHING to do with his potentially inappropriate emails, besides his wife NOBODY should give a flying s*it about this. This crappy, skipping record headline is just as pathetic as yesterdays "BREAKING NEWS" on Zimmerman getting a speeding ticket

KristinArmani - 9/5/2013 9:06 AM
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Ichabod- You think that every girl who thanks her boss for coffee and jokes around with them is trying to sleep with them and should be fired? Are you living in a shell? This seems like everyday talking and joking. I think that the reason that the media has not been able to get the other two girls e-mails are probably because they do contain some questionable content and the Public Defender's Office does not want them released.

Ichabod - 9/5/2013 8:29 AM
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This is a stupid "Investigation". Mr. Shirk did not initiate any of the reported e-mails. A girl wanted to get in his trousers, it is pleasing for a man to be solicited but he did nothing but respond nicely to her. She should have been fired earlier but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. The man was still doing his job and no other person or defendant was involved. Leave it alone and report on News, don't make your own stories.

KristinArmani - 9/5/2013 7:52 AM
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This story is Lame! So what they had coffee and joked about Vegas for their birthdays. All this hype, I thought there was going to be juicy e-mails about all kinds of innapropriate behavior. This was boring! Ice even called him "Mr. Shirk" throughout the e-mails. Sounds like they had a good fun working relationship like millions of people do! The Dirty 30 is just a saying...lots of people use it, GOOD GRIEF! Nothing to see here.

Truthseeker - 9/5/2013 4:32 AM
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Those are some pretty sinister emails!!! NOT!!! They are about as inane as the media's reporting of them.

Terri75 - 9/4/2013 10:22 PM
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Why doesn't the demoncrap chair clean his own house first from Florida to Washington D. C.?????

Terri75 - 9/4/2013 9:39 PM
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Why doesn't the demoncrap chair clean his own house first from Florida to Washington D. C.?????

Realchange - 9/4/2013 9:13 PM
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Seems like all this is to detract from Corey lying and covering up Tryavon Martin's true character. How would you like to be on trial for you life find out the prosecution had information that showed someone's character to be that of what you had said to happen. Then discover the judge and prosecution conspired to keep it out the public and most importantly the Juror's eyes. Why is action news not watching Corey like a hawk and uncovering her emails about why she refused to share that information with the defense?
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