Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Warnock & Madison County settle for half a mill

Rudy Warnock issued the following press release:


CANTON, MS, DECEMBER 20, 2016 – Rudy Warnock, P.E., Warnock & Associates, LLC, the Board of
Supervisors of Madison County, and County Engineer Dan Gaillet, P.E. have reached a $550,000 settlement in a breach of contract and copyright infringement lawsuit pending in federal district court in Jackson, Mississippi, over invoices that were due from Warnock’s time as County Engineer for Madison County.

In commenting on the settlement agreement, Warnock’s attorney Dorsey Carson said, "During the last decade, Warnock & Associates has engineered and constructed the best roads that Madison County has ever built, and did so with the lowest rates on the market. The settlement allows Mr. Warnock and Warnock & Associates to put behind the expense and distraction associated with this case, and continue providing excellent engineering services for other clients in the Jackson metropolitan area and throughout Mississippi."

Rudy Warnock said, “We consider this a hard-fought case and are pleased to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution.”

In settling the case, neither Madison County nor Warnock admitted any allegations of wrongdoing.


Anonymous said...

Am I mistaken, orison's he still doing the lions share of the work for the county? If so, when is the thievery going to end.

Anonymous said...

Rudy has been audited by Pickering...the County...and Rudy under billed for his work.

How is this thieving?

What the hell are you talking about?

Anonymous said...


Hi Rudy!

Anonymous said...

11;53 Cool down Rudy!!!!

Anonymous said...

11:53 is correct. It's not illegal if the client agrees to it. Kinda like NASA and $500 toilet lids. So nothing to see here.

So while it wasn't illegal for the County to sign a CEI contract on Phase 2 of Reunion Parkway for 20% fees, plus charges for pickups, cell phones, and every other "add on" that one can imagine, it was irresponsible.

The only consolation for the taxpayers is that Rudy was sent packing with that group of irresponsible Supervisors.

Anonymous said...

Not picking sides!! Just glad that's over!!! ;))

Anonymous said...

He better get it while he can, everyone is about to figure out Trump lied about rebuilding our infrastructure. It's amazing he didn't say it now.

Anonymous said...

If you do not like the way a law is written or what a law provides...then attack the law.

To attack the person who complies with the law as a "thief" is legally actionable and I am tired of hearing folks say spew this type of rhetoric.

The next person who says a law abiding citizen is a "thief" should be sued and made to be miserable for a very long time.

Anonymous said...

I've always been curious why people get pissed about Rudy? He sends a bill and the county paid it. If you don't like all the money spent then get mad at the board of supervisors. They could have used any engineer to do the work and the money paid out would have been the same. The board set the agenda.

Anonymous said...

3:10, I agree! Too often, people want something done, they sign a contract to get it done, and when it comes time to pay the AGREED amount, they either (a) feign amnesia or (b) try to renege on what they agreed to pay! You can decide someone's fees are too high BEFORE you contract with them, but not AFTER they've performed the work you've asked them to do. Now, if they don't actually do the work they agreed to do, that's a different matter; however, if you just have a change of heart after they've performed the agreed-to work, you can just go pound sand.

In the end, some people decided they no longer wanted Rudy as the County engineer. That's fine. That's their right to select someone else........but don't think for a minute it's alright to deny payment for work already performed. This was a sound judgement.

(By the way, I've never met Rudy. I've just experienced this same "change of heart" from people with whom I've contracted in my business. I, too, have had to sue people over it, and I, too, have prevailed. People should be made to honor their obligations.)

Anonymous said...


People who spread malicious devious lies about someone's character for honesty and fair dealing....repeatedly...knowing that that is false...and all for improper motives....those folks should be held financially accountable.

Anonymous said...

To Last 3 Posters: Hi Rudy!

Anonymous said...

The difference between Rudy's posts above and reality is that to be legal, he would have needed to perform the work for which he billed the county. Take the ridiculous 'airport study' for which he billed millions. There was little work actually performed by W&A, and everyone (including the crooks on the Board of Supervisors) knew that there was not going to be an airport. Same with many of Rudy's other projects. Just like the crap he is pulling at CMU now, claiming an emergency of sewer overflows needing his million dollar study.

Anonymous said...

4:55 Do you even realize you supported the point I was making in 4:05? Example: If "the crooks on the Board of Supervisors" (your characterization of them, not mine) (a) knew there wasn't going to be an airport, (b) hired Rudy to do a study for an airport they knew wasn't going to materialize, and (c) Rudy did the "ridiculous 'airport study' for which he billed millions and for which little work was done" (again, your words), why shouldn't Rudy have been entitled to be paid for that work? The BoS and Rudy agreed to the terms, and it wasn't up to Rudy to tell the BoS that "No way am I going to do the work on what I see as a boondoggle!" Hell no! He's going to do the work and expect to be paid.....and rightfully so!

If you have a car that you would take $10,000 for, and someone comes by out of the blue and offers you $15,000 for it, are you "likely" going to tell them "you know, I would have taken $10,000 for it, so that's all you've got to pay me for it." I didn't think so!

I blame this squarely on the BoS for making bad financial decisions. No one held a gun to their heads and made them authorize the expenditure of that money. However, once they DID make that authorization, Rudy was entitled to be paid for it......just like either you or I would have been had we been in that same situation.

That's the only point I was trying to make. Now, had fraud been discovered, my position would be TOTALLY different, but barring fraud, the man was entitled to be paid. ALL of it! (Disclaimer: my position is based solely on what information has been made known to the public. There certainly could be other factors of which I am unaware)

Anonymous said...

Put your name on that post.

Anonymous said...

Legal/Illegal. Forget that, what matters is this the behavior of a professional bound by ethics and honor. Was what he did in the best interest of the public? Rudy stands on the very edge of the law and fails when it comes to professionalism. And while he might have designed some good roads, he certainly didn't build them. He was extremely well compensated for his work. Personally, I would not want to know him any better nor any longer. He is just too greedy and considers that smart. He is an engineer whose parallel is the ambulance chaser in the legal profession.

Anonymous said...

Wow, audited by Pickering? Now that is sure to give him a good bill of health.

Life In MadCo Continues.. said...

It's all rather simple and most everybody whose breath can fog up a mirror knows it. The unscrupulous board members approved all this mythical work knowing it would bring them personal returns in the form of Christmas envelopes and campaign sponsorships. How damned complicated can this be?

Well, it's Christmas week and there won't be any envelopes under most trees. A few....but not most. If you people really want to spend your time productively, going forward, figure out which trees will still have envelopes on the lower branches.

Anonymous said...

its even easier if you put your name on slanderous allegations....just write your name and address.....maybe a phone number so someone can call you to serve you with a complaint.

Anonymous said...

7:23 got it exactly right. They approved unnecessary projects, he billed, they approved and paid, he rewarded them. simple

Anonymous said...

Rudy day has come. We will never know everything all at once but one thing we are sure of....is that the walls has to come down starting now!

Anonymous said...

Hey KF,

What's up with Rudy writeup in the MCJ? Threatening to whip some ass?

Inquiring minds want to know. The article was a little hard to follow.

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