City of iuka settles lawsuit with former employee

CATEGORY: Tishomingo County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

City of iuka settles lawsuit with former employee

IUKA – A lawsuit filed against the city of Iuka was settled out of court Tuesday after a day and a half of testimony before a federal court jury at Aberdeen.

Former public works director Jerry McDaniel filed the lawsuit in an attempt to regain his job along with back pay and compensation for mental anguish. He alleged his due process and First Amendment rights were violated and his character had been defamed. McDaniel dropped the First Amendment and defamation claims before the trial began.

The city of Iuka was represented by Gary Friedman of Jackson. Duncan Bubba Lott represented McDaniel.

Attorneys negotiated a settlement before the case went to the jury. In the settlement, the city agreed to pay $500 to McDaniel’s attorney but that McDaniel would get nothing.

McDaniel was fired in March 1994 after a city investigation indicated he had misused his office for personal gain, officials said. McDaniel, 58, had been employed about four years, earning about $29,000 a year.

McDaniel denied all five allegations filed against him by the city as a result of the internal investigation.

City allegations against McDaniel included missing, unaccounted for or misappropriated materials valued at about $65,000, and excessive overtime for city employees, in some cases for time not worked and in other cases without the employee’s knowledge or consent.

Jane Clark Summers

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