Byrnes Mill Settles Smith Suit

16 Dec

Back in July 2014, fired Byrnes Mill police chief Michael Smith filed a lawsuit against the city. He alleged that he was fired because he refused to engage in various corrupt and unlawful activities that city officials, primarily city administrator Larry Perney, ordered him to carry out.

This lawsuit was settled earlier this month, according to pacer.gov and information obtained from Byrnes Mill. The amount of the settlement was $35,000, which seems like a rather small settlement. The city also changed Smith’s firing to a voluntary resignation.

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2 Responses to “Byrnes Mill Settles Smith Suit”

  1. Rhonda December 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    Have you heard anything about the Ferry settlement? So aggravated they settled.

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  2. Anonymous December 19, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Pretty sad that Smith took the cash. After his attorney took his cut, Smith probably got less than $25K. Not even a year’s salary. He’d have been much more credible had he exposed Brynes Mill corruption in court. But his actions would have been exposed too! What does changing his status to ‘voluntary’ do? Any reputable PD background investigator can see right through that. Good luck at the next desperate Podunk PD….

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