Attorney appointed to represent county

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Commissioners appointed an attorney to represent the county in a recently filed lawsuit from two former Denton County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday.

Robert Jacob Davis, a partner from the Dallas based firm Matthews, Stein, Shiels, Pearce, Knott, Eden & Davis LLP, was approved and appointed by a unanimous vote after executive session during a regular commissioners court meeting.

Plaintiffs Matthew Rollins and Carl Garner are suing the county, Sheriff William Travis and Civil Service Commission Coordinator Lisa Uhlich over their terminations, which became effective last month.

Davis acknowledged the hire and representation of all three defendants Wednesday morning.

He said he doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Davis said he practices primarily in the area of litigation and governmental defense.

Rollins had been employed by the county since 2011 as a full-time investigator and a K-9 handler for Chico, a Belgian Malinois.

Garner had been on staff with the sheriff’s office since 1990 and he was assigned to the warrants division in 2012.

Both plaintiffs claim the Civil Service Commission, which county commissioners established late last year, should have protected their jobs.

A temporary restraining order to reinstate their jobs was sent to Steve Burgess, 158th District Court Judge, last week by the plaintiff’s attorney, John Snider ofLyon, Gorsky, Haring & Gilbert LLP firm in Dallas.

Monday morning, Burgess crossed out nearly all options on the order sent over by Snider and signed off to issue notice for a hearing with all involved. The hearing is to determine whether to issue a temporary injunction pending a full trial on the merits, according to court records.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885. Her e-mail address is mgray@dentonrc.com .

 


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