Federal lawsuit against BOCC withdrawn

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 09:30 AM.

A federal lawsuit filed earlier this year against the Board of County Commissioners and three former and current commissioners individually was withdrawn last week.

Marie Mattox, the attorney for the political action committee Citizens Improving Gulf County and its president Jim Garth filed the motions with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District in Florida.

The filings announce the withdrawal of the lawsuit.

The case was subsequently dismissed with prejudice, meaning the same claims against the same individuals and the BOCC can not be re-filed.

“I am pleased the matter has been resolved in the favor of the county,” said county attorney Jeremy Novak.

County Commissioners Warren Yeager and Carmen McLemore were also defendants in the lawsuit, as was. former commissioner Bill Williams.

“I could have a lot of comment, but I have tried to take the high road through all this and I think I will stay with that,” Yeager said. “(The outcome) is what it is.”

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