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Records request shows Dennis Milligan toll on taxpayers at $361,666

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click to enlarge REIGN OF ERROR: Dennis Milligan's tenure in Saline County has cost taxpayers plenty.
  • REIGN OF ERROR: Dennis Milligan's tenure in Saline County has cost taxpayers plenty.
A public record request by critics of Republican State Treasurer Dennis Milligan shows that taxpayers have had to pay more than $361,000 to defend and settle lawsuits brought against Milligan over his actions as circuit clerk in Saline County.

Stu Soffer, a member of the Jefferson County Republican Committee, which has called for Milligan's resignation, provided a response from Saline County Attorney Clay Ford to a Freedom of Information Act request for information about expenditures on lawsuits brought against Milligan.

One lawsuit was settled for $90,000, with $63,455.60 in legal fees and expenses; another lawsuit was settled for $30,000, with legal fees of $54,402, and another lawsuit remains under litigation with expenses so far of $123,809. Altogether, that puts the tab at $361,666 and still running. We've detailed some of these cases previously.

Because he's been sued for his actions as circuit clerk, the organization to which Saline County pays fees for a self-insurance program — the Central Arkansas Risk Management Association — has been responsible for providing legal representation and making settlement payments.

Following is the letter from Clay Ford responding to the FOIA request:



In regards to your request regarding lawsuits with the Clerk’s Office:

Dana Mattingly v. Dennis Milligan, Saline County Circuit Court, Case was removed to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.:

Ms. Mattingly sued Mr. Milligan for violations of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act alleging that Milligan violated her rights to remonstrate and retaliated against her by not retaining her. There were also allegations that Milligan violated Mattingly’s First Amendment rights of speech and political association.

There was a settlement in the amount of $90,000.00. Legal fees and expenses incurred in the amount of $63,455.60.

Marilyn McDaniel v. Dennis Milligan, US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas:

Ms. McDaniel sued Mr. Milligan alleging that Milligan failed to accommodate her disability and terminated her in retaliation for requesting accommodation.

There was a settlement in the amount of $30,000.00. Legal fees and expenses incurred in the amount of $54,402.00.

Ronda Depriest v. Dennis Milligan, US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas/ Saline County Circuit Court/ 8th Circuit:

There were two Depriest v. Milligan cases that were consolidated into one Federal Court case.

In the first, Ms. Depriest sued Mr. Milligan for violations of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act alleging that Milligan violated her rights to remonstrate and retaliated against her by not retaining her, and for gender discrimination alleging that Milligan replaced Depriest with a less qualified male. There were also allegations that Milligan violated Depriest’s First Amendment rights of speech and political association.

In the second, Ms. Depriest alleges that Mr. Milligan did not hire her for available positions in the clerk’s office because she filed a lawsuit against him.

The federal claims have been dismissed. There is currently a state claim against Saline County that was filed in February of 2015 by Ms. Depriest with similar allegations.

The US District Court case has been appealed by Ms. Depriest to the 8th Circuit.

Legal fees and expenses incurred in the amount of $123,809.30.

Clay Ford
Saline County Attorney

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