Whistleblower trial will get under way
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By Venita Fritz

Tribune-Courier General Manager

vfritz@tribunecourier.com

Paula Boling, the former North Marshall Water District bookkeeper who says she was wrongfully terminated from her job for reporting perceived wrongdoing on the part of then-superintendent Brad Anderson, will get her day in court next week.

Jury selection in the trial for Boling v. North Marshall Water District is expected to begin next Tuesday. The trial is scheduled to last three days.

Boling’s lawsuit claims she was retaliated against by former North Marshall board members for raising concerns about mismanagement.

Boling filed the suit against the water district in October 2011 after she was terminated from her job of 18 years in July of that year.

Boling contends her rights were violated under the Kentucky Whistleblower Act when she reported issues to the board of directors of North Marshall Water regarding misuse of district funds and equipment by Anderson.

Anderson was charged with theft by unlawful taking after a Kentucky State Police investigation in 2011.

Those charges were later dismissed in Marshall County Circuit Court.

Boling is seeking damages for lost wages through the date of the trial, emotional distress and punitive damages.

North Marshall Water has replaced all but one of its sitting board members since the much-publicized turmoil that plagued the district between late 2010 and 2012. Only Billy Driskell remains a member of the board.

Then-board chairman B.W. Darnell died in August 2013. Gordon Hargrove, also a member of the board during the turmoil, died in 2012.

Anderson also filed suit against several of his accusers and former board members following the dismissal of charges. His trial is scheduled in Marshall Circuit Court in November.

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