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Suit against county dismissed

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By Megan Gray

A lawsuit filed against Denton County by a former employee of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office was recently dismissed by 362nd District Court Judge Bruce McFarling.

Kevin Bragg filed the suit in 2009 after he was not redeputized during former Sheriff Benny Parkey’s administration.

The suit charged that Bragg was intentionally singled out by the department after he reported alleged wrongdoings within the agency, according to court records. The suit claimed that Bragg, employed with the sheriff’s office from June 1997 to December 2008, suffered a damaged reputation, and accused Parkey and other county officials of allegedly covering up wrongdoings and attacking Bragg’s character and professional performance. This, Bragg alleged, made it difficult to find further employment within the law enforcement field.

Chris Raesz, Bragg’s attorney, said he will not comment on the outcome because there is still pending litigation. Court records show Raesz filed a motion to modify the order Friday and a hearing is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 11 in McFarling’s court.

Originally filed against multiple county employees, the suit was revised several times. The final revision resulted in the suit solely against Denton County as a whole.

Bob Davis, attorney representing the county, said he is pleased the court carefully considered all the facts before moving for dismissal.

“The order correctly dismissed the case after nearly two hours in court,” Davis said.

Bragg has 30 days to appeal the court’s decision, and Davis said while he hopes there isn’t an appeal, he anticipates there will be one filed.

Parkey said in a recent interview that he is glad the suit is over and believes the right decision was made.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.