Commissioners To Meet Feb. 3 To Consider Bailey Lawsuit Settlement

A Special Called Meeting of the Cannon County Commission is set for Friday, February 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Cannon County Courthouse.

Commissioners will consider a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against the county brought by Loretta Bailey.

Bailey worked as a receptionist at the Cannon County Sheriff’s Department under former Sheriff Billy Nichols. She was dismissed from the position when current Sheriff Darrell Young took office on Sept. 1, 2010.

She sued the county for $250,000 and Young individually for $150,000.

Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon said Friday that County Attorney Mike Corley and the attorney for the county’s insurance company, Woodbury Insurance Agency, have recommended the county and Sheriff Young settle the lawsuit for the amount of $45,000.

The county would pay $25,000 of that amount, with the insurance company paying $20,000.

“The lawyers said that if we agree to the settlement the suit will be dropped against both the county and Sheriff Young,” Gannon said.

Gannon said that while he and Sheriff Young have to agree to the settlement, the county commission must approve the expenditure of the $25,000.

In a special called meeting, the only topic that can be discussed is the subject of the special called meeting.

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