LONDON — A wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Perry County Judge Executive Scott Alexander in federal court was set to begin Monday. However, both parties in the lawsuit have agreed upon a settlement. Therefore, the case will not go to trial.
Last month, Federal District Judge Danny C. Reeves decided the case should go before a jury because, according to Reeves, there was sufficient evidence to support a claim by Jody Jones that Judge Alexander used discrimination when he fired Jones only two days into his term as Judge Executive. Jones worked in maintenance at the Perry County Courthouse, and he is the nephew of Alexander’s political opponent, former Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble.
Alexander testified that he did not fire Jones for political reasons, and he denied knowing that Jones and Noble are related. Alexander said budget restraints were the reason for the firing. If the case had gone before a jury, it would have taken place in London at Federal Court for this district.
Jones was seeking an unspecified amount in the lawsuit. No details have been released pertaining to the conditions of the settlement. However, Jody Jones has returned to work in the Perry County Courthouse in the same position that he held before his firing.
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