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Former lieutenant to run for Muscogee County Sheriff

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A former Lieutenant with the Muscogee County Sheriff's office who filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and eventually settled is running for Muscogee County Sheriff. Pamela Brown filed the complaint in 2010 saying she was discriminated against because she was a woman.    

"I'm running for sheriff of Muscogee County Because I feel like Muscogee County needs some positive leadership for positive growth," Brown said. 

Brown announced her intentions to run against Sheriff John Darr in the upcoming election, but this isn't the first time the two have gone toe-to-toe.

According to City Attorney Clifton Fey, Brown filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in late 2010 based on gender while working at the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department.

We asked her about that complaint. "I don't know too much about the EEOC complaint that was filed I do know there are some things in the sheriff's office that could be better, I know I can make them better," Brown said. 

Though Brown told us she didn't know much about the complaint, city attorney Clifton Fey told us the city had a resolution in March of 2011 where $26,393.80 was settled and paid to Brown. 

Fay says the lieutenant 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.

Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr says he has every intention of running for re-election and says it's anyone's race.

"We live in a democratic society that if anyone wants to run for public office they have that choice and that right," Sheriff Darr said.  

Nancy Boren the Executive Director for the Muscogee County office of Elections and Registration says that paper work has been filed by Pamela Brown with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The primary election is scheduled for July. Voters will head to the polls in November.   

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