Lubbock County Commissioners felt it was in the best interest of the county to accept a $27,840 pay-out to a former jail administrator. "The county is better off, the tax payer is better off if we settle this case and not take it to court," said Commissioner Kenny Maines on Monday.
Here's the beef: Galloway accused County Sheriff David Gutierrez for firing him in March for no apparent reason. In May, both Galloway and Gutierrez went to a court hearing but the case never made it to trial.
Galloway's Dallas Attorney, Steven DeWolf, says he is pleased with the settlement. Commissioner Maines says the last employees settlement the county had to pay-out was in 1994. "That was an issue where the county decided to fight that particular case. We did lose that battle and it cost the county somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million," said Maines.
County Commissioner Maines says Galloway's settlement will be signed and finalized in a couple of days. DeWolf was also former Police Chief Ken Walker's Attorney. He helped Walker win a $130,000 settlement from the city last November. Now, DeWolf has helped get Galloway a $27,840 from the county. That's a total of $157,840 DeWolf has won in settlements in the Lubbock area.