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County settles with former Animal Control Director for $120k

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County has reached a settlement with its former Animal Control Director.

According to an item in the consent agenda for the County Commission meeting Monday, the county's insurer settled an administrative appeal filed by Jean McNeil, who was fired in January.

McNeil will get $120,000 to settle her appeal. The county paid a $25,000 insurance deductible toward the settlement. In exchange, McNeil, who signed the settlement December 4, agreed not to pursue any other action against the county, the Health Department, the Board of Health or Health Director David Rice.

Before her termination, McNeil said Rice suspended her in December 2011 in retaliation for raising concerns about her workers not getting emergency pay during Hurricane Irene.

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SHE HAD BETTER INVEST THAT

SHE HAD BETTER INVEST THAT 120,000 WISLEY.THAT MAY BE ALL SHE HAS TO LIVE ON FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.

a good win!

100k thats all she gets? ..ok lets invest it and make 500k. Thats what i would do.

It amazes me how some people

It amazes me how some people can do a crappy job for years, get fired and win a freaking settlement. This woman did nothing for the animals. She did scam the county by hiring all of her friends and handing them all nice paychecks also. The difference in the way things are done at the shelter now are night and day. Now someone cares about adopting out animals and all she cared about was rounding them up and putting them to sleep. How much did that gas chamber cost the county Jean? Fire her and make her draw unemployment like the rest of the hard working americans. Oh, there is the difference...

Yes, I would definitely

Yes, I would definitely agree with insurer's raising deductibles for the city or county but, I'm sure there were several ways this situation could have been handled but it apparently it wasn't. I applaud Ms. McNeil for a job well done. Basically she was concerned about her employees not having been paid during an emergency and then to fire her in retaliation was wrong, this women was doing her job so why not fire the a** hole who fired her because evidence proved who was in the wrong that's why she was awarded 120,000. It would take a smart a** to say never hire her for the city or county again like really why are u mad????? It's not like she did it for the money dumb a** , she was WRONGFULLY FIRED!!!!!!

Good job

It won't be long before insurance companies won't write a policy for the County.
No doubt that the $25,000 deductible was less expensive for the county to pay, rather than fight it out.
Look for insurers to raise deductibles for city and county govts to keep this silly crap from happening in the future.

Also, don't rehire her for any job with the county. After an employee shows the propensity to sue, it should be a red flag for no rehire whatsoever.

And fire the knucklehead that let this situation get out of control.

I'd be smiling too....

I would have that big a** smile on my face to if I just took the county for $120,000. What cowards they are. You fired her so stand up and fight to the end. Unless you were wrong for firing her in the first place.

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I AGREE. MY SMILE WOULD BE BIGGER THAN HERS, I THINK. OUR SYSTEM MAKES IT TOO EASY TO SUE FOR THE LEAST LITTLE THING.