Jackson County's attorney among indicted bankers

Jackson County's attorney among indicted bankers

Frank Baker leaves the federal courthouse Thursday in Panama City.

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM.

PANAMA CITY — The attorney for Jackson County is still a member in good standing of the Florida Bar despite being indicted by a federal grand jury on a dozen felony charges.

In addition to his role as an attorney for Coastal Community Investments, a holding company that owned two Panhandle banks that failed in 2010, Frank Alfred Baker, of Marianna, has been the attorney for the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners since the 1980s, according to County Administrator Ted Lakey.

Lakey said the County Commission directly hires two positions: his, the county administrator and Baker’s. Since the commission hired Baker, it would take an act of the commission to alter the contract between the county and Baker, Lakey said.

The commission meets Tuesday. The meeting agenda doesn’t have any items referring to Baker’s indictment.

“I don’t know if the topic will come up,” Lakey said. “It’s up to” the commissioners.

When an attorney is charged with a felony, they are required to report it to the Florida Bar, which will open a case file and monitor the case, according to spokeswoman Zannah Lyle. Under certain circumstances, the bar will suspend the attorney before they have been convicted, Lyle said.

“In cases where there’s known to be harm to the public, the bar will seek an emergency suspension,” Lyle said.

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