The Madison County Board is expected to sign off on a settlement in a lawsuit involving the former county sheriff and a female employee. Jaimie Linton had filed a federal lawsuit in 2013 against former Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz alleging sexual harassment. The case was settled earlier this week in a Settlement Conference in U.S. District Court in Benton.
The Sheriff’s Department, and Madison County were also named in the suit. According to the county board agenda, the settlement total is listed as $42,500. Linton claimed while he was sheriff, Hertz harassed and bullied her over a period of a year and a half, threatened to have a private investigator follow her, claimed she was having an affair, and threatened her job. Hertz denied the allegations in a statement issued shortly after the lawsuit was filed, saying the accusations were false and an insult to his family and reputation. Linton transferred to the Probation and Court Services Department in 2013 and remains employed with the county. Hertz lost the Democratic primary last spring and his term ended in December.