OC Court takes care of some legal matters

The Orange County Commissioners’ Court decided to pursue some legal matters when they met Monday afternoon.

Douglas Manning, assistant county attorney, announced the county will offer no compensation or settlement in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge of discrimination filed by Barbara Lincoln unless there is a prior approval from the commissioners’ court when they meet next Monday.

Lincoln was formerly employed by the Veterans’ Service Office and was discharged last year.

In the case of Billy Griffith v. Huel R. Fontenot, the county opted to file a motion to sunset the consent decree.

The case stems from a 1994 lawsuit over the Orange County Jail’s law library, filed in The United States District Court. The county met the requirements last year for the law library by using a computer rather than law books.

Lastly, the county will pursue a course to vigorously relief in the case of David Bailey v. Orange County, filed in the 128th District Court of Orange County.

Bailey was employed by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, but fired after he was charged with deadly conduct with a process server.. He was acquitted of the charge and has filed suit against the county.

In other county business, the court approved filling two vacant misdemeanor prosecutor positions created by the departure of Amanda Sharp and the retirement of MIke Marion.

Sharp is moving to New Braunfels to work there. Marion is retiring from the county to work in private practice.

Marion told the court he appreciates working 22 years in Orange County, most of the time in the OCSO, and later in the district attorney’s office.

“It’s been a great experience. I began as a part-time bookkeeper in the jail. I completed my education (college and law school at night) thanks to the county,” he said.

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux congratulated Marion for being a self-made man.

“You’ve worked your way up. That speaks of your character,” Thibodeaux said.

The commissioners also approved the hiring of seven temporary summer help employees for mowing the right of way throughout Orange County in the Road and Bridge Department.

They will start April 1 and work until September.

Jody Crump, Precinct 4 Commissioner, gave “kudos” to the Road and Bridge and the Drainage District for getting the storm water out so quickly during last week’s rainfall.

One citizen brought before the court’s attention drainage problems in the Medford Addition.

He said a package plant doesn’t want to send its waste water to the Sabine River but discharges it in the ditch instead.

Thibodeaux said workers will check out the situation that afternoon.