Ada County officials answered a GUARDIAN request and disclosed it cost $138,241 to defend former Ada County director of administrative services Rich Wright’s
lawsuit against current Commishes Dave Case and Jim Tibbs.
It was dismissed in Fourth District Court by Judge George Carey in the form of a summary judgement filed by the county’s attorney earlier this month.
Wright sued the county for unlawful termination claiming the county violated the “whistle blower act,” Federal Family Leave Act, and inflicted emotional distress. He was fired when Tibbs and Case took office.
He was seeking in “excess of $25,000” in damages (the amount was higher, but that threshold was cited by Judge Carey). The court dismissed the case “with prejudice” which means it cannot be refiled.
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