The City Of Columbus Will Pay For Sheriff's Legal Fees

There are new developments in the legal battle between Muscogee County's sheriff and city officials and the city attorney says it involves taxpayer’s money.

Tuesday night, Columbus city council approved ordinances to pay the legal fees for Sheriff John Darr, in the city's ongoing lawsuit with him over accusations of an inadequate budget for his department this last fiscal year. The sheriff's legal fees are more than $200,000.

The city attorney says that money will come from the city of Columbus' miscellaneous general fund. That's also where payment will come from for the Superior Court Clerk's legal fees of $150,000, for a similar lawsuit.

"Columbus Mayor, Teresa Tomlinson says, “We believe firmly we should've never been sued. Now, the taxpayers have to incur this expense because indeed these constitutional officers have chosen to sue the city."
Columbus' mayor says the city will most certainly appeal this ruling by a judge that the legal fee payments should come out of the city's fund.

She also says there could be challenges with having enough money, if there is a judgment against the city or settlement with any legal case in the near future.

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