Yesterday, McHenry County Blog showed you the legal expenses resulting from the dismissal of Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Seipler. That case has been through arbitration, which Seipler won, circuit court, which Seipler won, and is now in the 2nd Appellate Court.
It is my understanding that if Sheriff Keith Nygren loses at that level, Seipler’s legal fess will have to be paid by county taxpayers.
Aside from that suit, however, there is a much more expensive one going on in Federal Court in Rockford.
There Sheriff Nygren is being defended by attorney James Sotos. While it is a wrongful termination suit, most of the case has revolved around whether the Sheriff’s Department was involved in racial profiling.
In any event, the over $400,000 in bills paid so far follow.
County government seems to be in “free money” land now. As the accompanying email points out,
“Please note in the case of Seipler v Sherifff’s Dept & County et. al the self insured retention (deduction) has been paid by the County. ClaimOne is the third party administrator for Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (insurer) and is responsible for cost above the retention level.”
That deductible is $100,000.
This case, of course, has not yet gone to trial.
It is still in the discovery stage.