Clarksdale Settles with Four Former Employees

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — In a special meeting yesterday Clarksdale city commissioners accepted a settlement with four former employees, ending almost two years of litigation. Mayor Chuck Espy would not comment on the amount of the settlement with former fire chief Obert Douglas, city attorney Curtis Boschert and municipal judges Joe Gibbs and Don Dees but said the settlement brings “total closure” to the matter. The four filed a federal lawsuit against the city shortly after Espy took office claiming their terminations were racially motivated. After some discussion, the board also approved a sliding scale of reduced fees on building permits for major projects with construction budgets of $1 million or more.



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