El Dorado Hills Community Services District board memberts have been generally confident that the district is protected from the potential costs of a lawsuit by their former general manager, John Skeel. One reason is that the district’s legal counsel, Bob Thurbon, works on a fixed-price retainer which obligates him to represent the district through what could be an extended legal battle.
Some residents and employees who’ve followed the Skeel saga now wonder if Thurbon, who was responsible for guiding the board through the termination process, is the right man for the job.
Board members won’t say their confidence in Thurbon is shaken, but Director Noelle Mattock recently called for a review of district business practices to include seeking bids to replace Thurbon’s firm — Gold River-based Thurbon McHaney — as legal counsel. “We want to make sure we are getting the best legal counsel at the best price,” she wrote in a text message Wednesday.
Thurbon was recently found in contempt and fined for violating a judge’s order prohibiting the use of a Redding school district’s e-mails in a suit he filed on behalf of two of their former employees. He told local news outlets that he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.