LIBERTY — A former Casey County 4-H agent has settled her whistleblower's lawsuit with the local extension board, ending a dispute that stretched out for five years.
Jan Atwood, who worked as the extension office's 4-H youth development agent, received a $15,000 settlement in her lawsuit claiming she lost her job at the office in retaliation for reporting misconduct by the local board.
A confidential settlement between the two parties was reached in July, but Casey Circuit Judge James Weddle ordered that the agreement had to be made public. The terms of the settlement were filed in court records last month.
"The Casey County Extension District Board is financed by public money and the general public has a right to know how public money is spent. Therefore, any settlement must be made public," Weddle wrote. The judge also forced the settlement in a bullying lawsuit filed by former high school students against the Casey County Board of Education to be made public last year for the same reason.