Tribune-Courier News Editor
DRAFFENVILLE – The former North Marshall Water District superindentendent dismissed during allegations of misconduct struck back at accusers last week. Attorneys on behalf of Brad Anderson filed suit against the district, four former water board members, a former employee and two county residents.
According to documents filed in Marshall County Circuit Court, Anderson is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in a jury trial. Notices of a possible suit were sent out weeks ago to former board members Gary Clark, B. W. Darnell, Scott T. Solomon and Bob Turner. Former bookkeeper Paula Boling, and residents Franklin Futrell and Ray Langston, were also notified of the litigation.
In December, following a year of motions and delays by the prosecution and defense, criminal charges against Anderson were dismissed. At the time, special prosecutor David Hargrove said there remained questions of “potential ethics violations” but said the Commonwealth could not provide evidence of criminal acts.
Anderson had been charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking over $500.
Last April, Anderson was dismissed from his position at the North Marshall Water District on a 3-2 vote by the board. Clark, Darnell and Turner voted for his removal, while commissioners Billy Driskell and Gordon Hargrove voted for him to remain as superintendent. Following the vote, the Marshall County Fiscal Court opted to remove the board with the exception of Driskell.
According to the suit, beginning in 2010 the defendants made statements or caused them to be published which were “false and defamatory statements” made to the board, public, media and law enforcement. The suit alleges the board and Boling made statements to the public concerning Anderson’s job performance, as well as accusations of theft.
Similar complaints are leveled against Futrell and Langston, who were not employed by the district. Futrell had dealt with Anderson in his capacity as a NMWD representative in attempting to get water service, which Futrell contends he was incorrectly charged. Langston, meanwhile, facilitated publishing the findings of the district’s own investigation into Anderson’s actions.
Anderson is being represented by the law firm of Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff and Love of Lexington.