At the League of Women Voters’ Candidates’ Forum, County Board candidate Zane Seipler held up loose leaf notebooks the contents of which apparently will not be shared with the public.
If you have been wondering, as I have, what’s up with the wrongful termination suit that former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler filed against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren and others in the Department, it has been dismissed at Seipler’s request.
The dismissal occurred on May 13, 2014.
Weighing heavily in the decision was undoubtedly the hundreds of thousands of legal fees resulting from a side argument concerning the publication of disciplinary documents on a blog that Zane Seipler’s wife Rose said she posted without her husband’s knowledge.
Ironically, those same records were entered into the court record and can be seen here.
[I sat through all the hearings and Rose’s testimony sounded factual to me. Obviously, Judge Frederick Kapala disagreed.]
You can read the final judgment below:
Also figuring in the decision was wiping off the record the judge’s ruling that Seipler did not tell the truth and the requirement to pay for the legal fees in the cul-de-sac hearing about blog postings.
The agreement with McHenry County also changed the reason for Seipler’s leaving the Sheriff’s Department from termination to having resigned. The status with the Illinois Training and Standards Board is now resigned not terminated. A letter of recommendation was included.
The release and settlement agreement may be read here. Seipler signed on May 28th, attorney Horwitz on June 2nd, Sheriff Keith Nygren on June 9th, Tina Hill on June 12th and county attorney James Sotos on June 16th.
With the dismissal of the suit, the depositions about alleged illegal activity now have no chance of being made public except through a law enforcement agency.
The county’s legal fees were $919,773.33. All but $100,000 was paid by the county’s risk management agency. The deductible, however, has been raised to $250,000, undoubtedly as a result of this suit.
Seipler’s attorney, Black Horwitz, was working on a contingency agreement. He stated once in court that he had over a million dollars in billable hours.
The rumor mill has it that Sheriff’s Deputies who told the truth at Seipler’s depositions got demoted.
One Deputy told me he/she had his/her unit abolished and was put in one of the oldest squad cars. Only a lot of seniority and the union contract kept this Deputy from patrolling the roads during the middle of the nigh.
There is another wrongful termination suit, however.
Former Deputy Scott Milliman is also suing Nygren.
Recent activity is reflected in the following court docket notation:
ORDER This matter coming on to be heard on the Agreed Motion filed by the Defendants; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the FBI), in consideration of the privacy interest of those persons who may be reflected in the FBI documents and other materials requested by subpoena, having sought that the release of any such documents and materials be conditioned on the issuance of an order by the Court authorizing such disclosure pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552a(b)(11), and it is further ordered that the parties may use the disclosed documents and materials only for the purpose of this litigation. Signed by the Honorable Iain D. Johnston on 6/5/2014.
A previous entry contains the following language:
Parties agree on the record that documents produced are for attorney eyes only.