April 10, 2006
A former Greene County official says she was fired for blowing the whistle and is suing to get her job back, and now the county is fighting back.
Greene county lawyers took action today to have a lawsuit filed by former planning director Katie Clossin thrown out. Clossin claims her ex-boss, the former county administrator Julius Morris, wrongfully fired her.
Clossin said Morris was violating zoning laws and that he thought he was above the rules when it came to his own property. She said when she spoke up she was fired.
The county says they have their own reasons for firing Clossin and today argued her lawsuit shouldn't go forward because Virginia law prevents Morris from being sued in his official capacity.
The judge did not make an immediate ruling.
Clossin’s lawyer told us the government shouldn't be allowed to shut people up, and that Clossin deserves her job back and monetary compensation.
The judge is expected to issue a written ruling soon on whether Clossin's lawsuit can go forward.