Washington County must pay nearly $100,000 to a former employee who brought attention to bridge construction issues and other concerns in the county. It took almost two years but that settlement was reached this week.
George Braswell filed a civil rights lawsuit against the county in December 2014.
He said he’d been retaliated against for supporting County Judge Marilyn Edward’s opponent and alerting the county about problems with recently built bridges. Braswell had video of faulty building on the Stonewall and Harvey Dowell bridges. He said they were built incorrectly and unsafely.
An investigation proved crews did not follow the engineers plans and those bridges had to be torn down and rebuilt.
Braswell was the Road Department Heavy Equipment Operator.
This settlement is the last of four different civil rights lawsuits that has been brought against the county is two years.
County Attorney Steve Zega says it’s all a step in the right direction.
“It’s resolution and it’s over, its over for everybody and thats, you know, it’s been hanging over everybody’s head,” Zega said.
The settlement was in exchange for Braswell not pursuing any more litigation against the county. Washington County maintains they did nothing wrong.
George Braswell was fired in April.
This was one of four lawsuits against Washington County by former or current county employees. The other three were filed after Braswell and also claimed retaliation. One was dismissed and the other two settled for a combined total of $67,000.