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Fired Pinal County investigator receives $100K settlement

CASA GRANDE, Ariz.– A former chief investigator for the Pinal County
Attorney’s Office who was fired after County Attorney Lando Voyles took office
has received a $100,000 settlement.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reported that a multicounty
insurance pool agreed last summer to the settlement with James McCormack.

He was one of many office employees discharged shortly after Voyles took office
Dec. 29, but a county commission later ruled on an appeal by McCormack that he
was a merit-protected employee.

Merit-protected employees can only be fired for cause.

McCormack filed a $535,000 suit against Voyles and the county, and Executive
Director Bill Hardy of the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool says it appeared that
settling the case was “the right thing to do.”

McCormack now works for the county Public Defender’s Office.


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