Eleven Clayton County police officers recently filed a federal lawsuit accusing the county of violating its own policies and procedures, among other things. Derived from the 2007 settlement in favor of 27 deputies wrongfully terminated by Hill, seven lieutenant positions were created within the Clayton County Police Department specifically for them. This left some police officers who worked long and hard for their promotions and the perks that came with them out to dry.
Although a few officers did get promoted earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners revoked those promotions after delaying funding to pay for them. After a two year dispute, the officers became ineligible for promotion completely last March. The lawsuit was filed before the statute of limitations expired, seeking punitive damages, attorney fees and retroactive back pay, rank and seniority as of July 2007.
While I believe those police officers are entitled to whatever they’re due dating back to July 2007, it’s just too bad that taxpayers may again have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
Do you support the officers in this lawsuit? Why or why not? Further, given the drama Hill is still creating in absentia (including the missing equipment investigation), doesn’t this make you appreciate our current sheriff, Kem Kimbrough even more? Who knew we could have a sheriff sans the drama, television sound bites, bodyguards, tanks, etc.