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City settles with local lieutenant

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Lieutenant Pamela Brown with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office has been awarded more than $33,000 after filing an equal opportunity complaint.

Columbus City Attorney Clifton Fay says Brown filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in late 2010 based on gender.

On Tuesday, Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and city council agreed to settle with Brown instead of dealing with further litigation or trial. As part of the settlement, she'll be paid $26,393.80, including $7,000 in attorney's fees plus related retirement benefits.

Fay says the lieutenant has also agreed to retire from the Sheriff's Office, withdraw all charges and sign a full release stating she will not sue the city or the Sheriff's Office in the future.

All of the parties involved signed a confidentiality agreement which prevents them from discussing the case, including what prompted Brown to file a complaint.

Her attorney, Mark Shelnutt, says Brown is satisfied with the resolution and is "glad to have all of this behind her."

He says she has been with the Sheriff's Office for more than 20 years.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said he could not comment on Brown's complaint and alluded to the fact that other EEOC complaints have been filed against his office.

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