We are analyzing all potential claims, and no final decision has been made as to which legal causes of action will be pursued. Mayor Mary Hawkins continues her persistent efforts to harm and destroy the reputation and business of Warnock & Associates, so the claim of Intentional Interference with Business Relations and Contract is expected to be a part of the suit.
A few years ago, after Mayor Hawkins made these same allegations to the press, to the FBI, and to the State Auditor, W&A produced all of its contracts, subcontracts, and invoices to the State Auditor, and to the press. After a thorough and expensive investigation by the State Auditor at Mayor Hawkins' insistence, funded by Mississippi taxpayers, the finding was that W&A had under billed the County by $200,000.
Mayor Hawkins is clearly operating outside the scope of her official duties, so at this time we anticipate suit against her in her individual capacity. We do not anticipate filing suit against the City of Madison, as Madison taxpayers should not have to pay to defend Mayor Hawkins against her individual tortious actions.
APRIL 24, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WARNOCK & ASSOCIATES IS A CIVIL ENGINEERING FIRM THAT PROVIDES ENGINEERING SERVICES THROUGHOUT MISSISSIPPI. WARNOCK & ASSOCIATES SPECIALIZES IN ROADWAY DESIGN, BRIDGE DESIGN, WATER AND SEWER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS, TRAFFIC ENGINEERING, SURVEYING, SITE DEVELOPMENT, AND GENERAL CIVIL ENGINEERING.
WARNOCK & ASSOCIATES WAS FOUNDED 14 YEARS AGO BY RUDY M. WARNOCK JR., P.E. MR WARNOCK SERVED 8 YEARS IN THE ARMY AND PUT HIMSELF THROUGH ENGINEERING SCHOOL AT MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY. MR. WARNOCK KNEW THAT, WITH HIS EDUCATION AND TRAINING, HE WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE QUALITY ENGINEERING SERVICES, AND HOPED THAT ONE DAY HE COULD START HIS OWN CIVIL ENGINEERING FIRM.
WHEN MR. WARNOCK GRADUATED FROM MSU AND BEGAN HIS ENGINEERING CAREER, HE ACTUALLY WORKED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE CITY ENGINEER FOR THE “CITY OF MADISON”. FOR MANY YEARS MR. WARNOCK PROVIDED ENGINEERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF MADISON, WHILE WORKING FOR THE CITY ENGINEER. IN THE YEAR 2000, MARY HAWKINS OFFERED MR. WARNOCK THE JOB OF ASSISTANT PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR WITH THE INTENTION OF MR. WARNOCK BECOMING THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE. MR. WARNOCK TURNED THE JOB DOWN, AND THAT DIDN’T SIT WELL WITH THE MAYOR. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME MR. WARNOCK TOLD THE MAYOR “NO!,” A WORD THAT MR. WARNOCK HAS USED WITH HER MANY TIMES. LIKE THE “MANY” TIMES SHE ASKED MR. WARNOCK TO RECORD CONVERSATIONS WITH HER ENEMIES SO THAT SHE COULD, “DESTROY” THEM. MR. WARNOCK TOLD MARY, “ I AM AN ENGINEER AND I’M GOING TO DO ENGINEERING WORK, I’LL LEAVE THE INVESTIGATING AND RECORDING OF CONVERSATIONS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.” THE MAYOR EVEN CALLED MR WARNOCK MANY TIMES LATE AT NIGHT TELLING HIM, “I’M IN THE BUSHES OUTSIDE OF XXXXXX HOUSE AND I’M ON A STAKE OUT WITH MY SECRETARY. YOU WANT TO JOIN US?” YES, THIS REALLY HAPPENED, AND MANY OTHER CRAZY THINGS THAT I’M NOT COMFORTABLE RELEASING AT THIS POINT.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, MR. WARNOCK AND MARY MET TO DISCUSS DEVELOPING A BETTER WORKING RELATIONSHIP; HOWEVER SHE WAS MORE INTERESTED IN THE LOCATION OF THE NEW AIRPORT. SHE DEMANDED TO KNOW THE LOCATION. MR. WARNOCK TOLD MARY THAT THE AIRPORT PROJECT WAS AN EXECUTIVE SESSION MATTER AND THAT HE WAS PROFESSIONALLY BOUND TO NOT DIVULGE INFORMATION BETWEEN HIM AND HIS CLIENT. HE SAID “NO” AGAIN! SHE INFORMED MR. WARNOCK THAT SHE HAD “OTHER WAYS” OF GETTING WHAT SHE WANTS. (THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY) WHY WOULD SHE WANT TO KNOW THE LOCATION SO DESPERATELY? I’M SURE YOU CAN FIGURE THIS OUT. THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS. ALL UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MARY HAWKINS BUTLER. SHE IS MAYOR OF MADISON, AND THAT’S NOT ENOUGH FOR HER. SHE WANTS TO BE MAYOR OF MADISON COUNTY.
SINCE STARTING WARNOCK & ASSOCIATES IN 2001, MR. WARNOCK HAS BEEN PUBLICLY ATTACKED TIME AND TIME AGAIN BY MAYOR MARY HAWKINS BUTLER. MARY HAWKINS HAS USED HER POSITION AS MAYOR TO HURT WARNOCK & ASSOCIATES AND THE PROFESSIONALS THAT WORK AT WARNOCK & ASSOCIATES. HER COMMENTS ARE COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED AND ARE SLANDEROUS. MR. WARNOCK NOR ANY OF HIS EMPLOYEES HAVE ENGAGED IN ANYTHING THAT COULD REMOTELY BE CONSIDERED ILLEGAL. MR. WARNOCK’S DIFFERENCES WITH MARY HAWKINS BUTLER HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH ENGINEERING SERVICES, AND MORE TO DO WITH HER PERSUIT OF “POWER”- POWER THAT RESTS WITH THE MADISON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVIORS AND OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT W&A HAPPENS TO SERVE. FOR THOSE THAT KNOW MARY, YOU KNOW THAT AS LONG AS YOU DO WHAT SHE TELLS YOU TO DO THEN YOU WILL BE IN HER GOOD GRACES, BUT THE MINUTE YOU DECIDE TO FORMULATE YOUR OWN OPINION AND CHALLENGE HER DECISIONS THEN YOU QUICKLY BECOME THE “DEVIL.” YOU ALSO KNOW THAT ONCE YOU ARE CAST OUT OF “HER KINGDOM” THEN SHE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO HURT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. SHE ACTUALLY CALLED MR. WARNOCK AND TOLD HIM THAT SHE WOULD, “RUN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OUT OF MADISON COUNTY”.
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WHILE MR WARNOCK WAS EATING LUNCH IN CANTON A MAN BY THE NAME OF CHUCK SHELBY APPROACHED MR. WARNOCK AND SAID, “I’M GOING TO DESTROY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.” LATER THAT DAY THE MAN WAS ARRESTED. IRONICALLY A CALL WAS MADE FROM MADISON CITY HALL TO THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ASKING IF THEY WOULD BE INVESTIGATING THIS MATTER. I WONDER WHY CITY HALL WOULD BE CONCERNED? A FEW WEEKS LATER MR. WARNOCK DISCOVERED THAT MADISON CITY “JUDGE” DALE DANKS WAS REPRESENTING MR. CHUCK SHELBY. THIS CASE WILL BE HEARD IN JUSTICE COURT ON APRIL 29TH AT 9:00am.
IN THE PAST W&A HAS SIMPLY IGNORED HER COMMENTS, BUT THAT WILL NOT BE THE CASE FROM THIS DAY FORWARD. W&A IS HIRING A LAWYER AND WILL SEEK JUSTICE FOR THE BASELESS AQUSATIONS AND COMMENTS MADE BY MARY HAWKINS BUTLER.