Attorney points to race, politics behind Washington County lawsuit

An attorney representing Washington County apologized for citing race and politics as possible reasons for a former employee suing the county judge, according to Circuit Court documents.

Illegal exaction lawsuit

Illegal exaction involve claims of illegal spending. The lawsuit brought by former county employee George Butler claims six department heads should return taxpayer money paid to them by the county because they were hired without following Quorum Court-approved employee policies. The combined annual salaries budgeted for the six is $377,458, according to documents released earlier this year.

Source: Staff Report

Who’s in the lawsuit?

The lawsuit brought against Washington County also names Joseph Wood, county judge; Brian Lester, county attorney; Carl Gales, Wood’s chief of staff; Julie Harris, executive assistant to the county judge; Jim Kimbrough, Planning Department director; Sharon Lloyd, grant administrator; Dwight Gonzales, building and grounds director; and Josh Medina, county veterans services officer. All were hired by Wood this year.

Source: Staff Report

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