County votes to settle lawsuit with former HR director

Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

In exchange for the settlement and the change of discharge status, Finch releases the county from any future claims and is “entitled to no payments or other consideration of any kind from the county,” according to the settlement.

Finch and her attorneys are also responsible for the tax payments and filings on the settlement.

According to the settlement, Finch and the county agree that they have entered into the agreement in compromise of a disputed claim and that entry into the agreement is not an admission of any liability or wrongdoing on the part of the county.

Finch also voluntarily agrees to refrain from working for the county in any paid capacity in the future.

In other business, the board also unanimously approved a $750 per month county contract with Dr. Samuel Ward, who is the physician of record for the county Emergency Medical Services.

County Coordinator David Corbin explained that the EMS has to have a physician behind their services, and Dr. Ward has served in that capacity for years.

“According to the contract, he is paid the $750 a month, and if he is ever needed above and beyond that he is paid $50 an hour,” said Commissioner Todd Abbott. “I don’t know that he has ever been needed beyond his regular contract.”

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