(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A former Lawrenceburg City Councilman’s recent lawsuit against the city Board of Works may have been settled outside of court.
Doug Taylor resigned his council seat in March as part of a deferred prosecution agreement for a criminal case against him. Taylor, a former Lawrenceburg Police captain, had been on paid administrative leave since charges pertaining to his in-uniform appearance at a campaign event were brought against him in 2011.
Since then, Taylor’s status as a city employee has been up in the air.
A lawsuit filed by Taylor April 24 in Dearborn Circuit Court accused the Board of Works of holding illegal executive session meetings regarding dismissal from his job with the city. The alleged illegal meeting dates were March 20, April 17, and April 23, according to the complaint.
In the complaint, Taylor asked for preliminary and permanent injunction to stop a Board of Works administrative hearing on Thursday, May 2. Six days after the lawsuit on April 30, a stipulation of dismissal without prejudice was filed in court signed by attorneys for the board and Taylor, indicating a possible out of court agreement.
That day, notice was sent that the May 2 meeting had been cancelled. No new Board of Works meetings have been scheduled since.
Although it could not be confirmed Friday, it is believed Taylor remains on paid administrative leave. Taylor and Lawrenceburg City Attorney Leslie Votaw did not immediately return requests for comment on this story.
In a court answer to the lawsuit allegations, the Board or Works denied Taylor’s allegations and asked for the case to be dismissed.
Others have been voicing support for Taylor, a longtime city employee in the police department. A Facebook event page titled “Support Doug Taylor” lists 56 people as planning to attend city meetings regarding Taylor’s job. An online petition shared on the page has 109 signatures.