In the news: Sheriff Darr’s turmoil, superintendents round out 2013 government, education news | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

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Dec

In the news: Sheriff Darr’s turmoil, superintendents round out 2013 government, education news | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

This has been a year of loss, change, turmoil and mysteries in government and education on both sides of the river.

The Columbus Police Department lost four of its own in a three-month span, the judicial lineups on both sides of the river were shaken up, schools closed, budgets were busted, a new school superintendent was hired and another, once highly revered, was ousted.

1. Bad year for Sheriff Darr

It wasn’t a great year for Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr, with him being on the losing end of a sex discrimination lawsuit on top of revelations that he had overspent his budget by a total of $7 million over the five years he has been in office.

A jury found that Lt. Joan Wynn and Lt. Donna Tompkins were discriminated against when Darr promoted a less-qualified man to a captain’s position. But the jury did not award any financial compensation, prompting the defense to claim a victory of sorts.

But then U.S. District Judge Clay Land ordered Tompkins to be promoted next July and that her pay immediately raised to captain’s level.

And just this week, the city agreed to pay Tompkins and Wynn a lump sum payment of $265,000 to end the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, in 2011.

Attorney fees will be paid out of the settlement amount.

Then during summer budget discussions, it was revealed that he had overspent his previous fiscal year’s budget by $2 million, bringing his five-year deficit total to about $7 million.

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