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Updated: 6/25/2013 11:48 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- City Council is taking a stand against the city's top attorney.

A resolution was introduced Tuesday night at City Hall urging General Counsel Cindy Laquidara to resign.

"There's a number of things that have happened, decisions that have been made calling into question just how impartial the office is operating," said council president Bill Bishop.

Members of Jacksonville's City Council have put concerns to paper. They're hoping the resolution introduced will be enough to prompt change.

Action News has learned this is a "no confidence" resolution. Council is urging Laquidara to resign, or for Mayor Alvin Brown to fire her.

Members said she can't be trusted. They said she's doled out bad advice and plays too big a role in key decisions -- like pension reform.

"Some of this culminated around the pension proposal and how that got done. A lot of unanswered questions about how it got done," said Bishop.

But it's a request that may never leave the page it's written on. While City Council can vote to pass this written recommendation, only Mayor Alvin Brown has the power to fire her.

"The bottom line is this, Cindy Laquidara is going to remain general counsel of Jacksonville," said Chief of Staff Chris Hand.

Hand said Laquidara has a background that's unmatched, proving she is the right woman for the job.

"Cindy Laquidara is the latest in a long line of very distinguished, high performing, extremely competent general counsels this city has had," said Hand.

But despite Hand stressing Laquidara isn't going anywhere, council won't stop fighting back. Bishop said he's taking other steps to resolve the battle.

"I have written a letter to the general counsel asking for a legal opinion as to the legality of the appointment to try to put this issue to rest," Bishop said.

The resolution is slated to be discussed in the rules committee meeting August 5.

The general counsel position is appointed by the mayor's office.

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