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.