A former Boyle County deputy sheriff has filed a lawsuit against the Fiscal Court alleging he was wrongfully terminated from his post because magistrates had an ax to grind.
Jeff Stith, whose employment was terminated by Sheriff Marty Elliott in February after the Fiscal Court cut Elliott’s budget, filed the complaint last week in Boyle Circuit Court. It names Elliott, Judge-Executive Harold McKinney, Magistrates Dickie Mays, Donald Coffman, Phil Sammons, Jack Hendricks, Patty Burke and John Caywood, and County Attorney Richard Campbell as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, Stith, a former Danville police officer and paramedic, was hired by Elliott as a part-time deputy in November 2010 with the understanding that he would soon be moved in to a full-time position. Stith worked more than 40 hours a week in the capacity of a road deputy, patrolling highways, serving papers, responding to calls and making arrests, the complaint states.
The Fiscal Court, however, denied Elliott’s multiple requests to make Stith full-time, the lawsuit claims. Instead, it labeled him as a transport officer and part-time bailiff, though Stith never worked in those capacities.