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Harrison Lawsuit Dismissed

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Department: Sheriff
Release Date: Apr 19, 2013

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Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer

On March 12, 2013, Chief Judge Marcia Kreiger of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado dismissed the lawsuit brought by former deputy Jay Harrison against Sheriff Justin Smith, Undersheriff Bill Nelson and Larimer County. The suit claimed that Mr. Harrison’s constitutional rights were violated when his employment with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was terminated in 2011.    

In dismissing the lawsuit in its entirety, Judge Krieger rejected the assertions of Mr. Harrison that he had been terminated for opposing Smith in his 2010 bid for Sheriff. In addition to dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Krieger ordered Mr. Harrison to reimburse the Sheriff, Undersheriff and Larimer County for allowable expenses in defending the lawsuit. The lawsuit was completed yesterday.
 
Sheriff Smith has maintained from the beginning that his termination of Mr. Harrison was justified, necessary and based on lawful reasons. He was confident throughout that the county would prevail.
Sheriff Smith responded "I welcome Judge Krieger's order in this case. Now that this matter is resolved, the citizens have been reassured that our office continues to be run with the highest professional standards." 
 
Here is a link to to the judge's order granting summary judgement: 
 http://larimersheriff.org/sites/default/files/50%20-%20Order%20granting%20MSJ%203-12-13.pdf
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