Gail Wilcox gets $180,000 to settle county lawsuit
February 2, 2010
The decision to make the settlement was announced by county counsel Warren Jensen late Tuesday afternoon. Wilcox, the former assistant county administrator, was fired by the county board of supervisors, as was county administrator David Edge, in 2009.
Wilcox originally filed the lawsuit, claiming sexual harassment by Edge over a period of time. If she accepts the settlement, Wilcox must drop all claims against the county. There has been no statement from Wilcox regarding the proposed settlement.
“The Board considered the financial implications to the County and the taxpayers and concluded that the settlement was fiscally responsible and in the public’s best interest,” Jensen said in his announcement. “To date, the cost of the Wilcox/Edge investigation and litigation defense is approximately $337,000.”
Jensen also indicated that he believed the cost of actually going to trial “could have exceeded $1,000,000.” The county will be reimbursed for all settlement costs and attorney fees in excess of $250,000 by its insurance carrier.