Details expected Friday in Kane circuit court clerk settlement

  • Deb Seyller

    Deb Seyller

 
 
Updated 8/31/2011 5:13 PM

Attorneys are expected Friday to sign off on a settlement in a lawsuit brought by Kane County Circuit Court Clerk Deb Seyller against the county board over an additional $560,000 to run her office.

Both sides met Wednesday in Geneva before Kendall County Judge Tim McCann, who was brought in to hear the case because other judges were conflicted.

 

"We believe we'll have this done by Friday," Ken Shepro, attorney for the county, told McCann.

Seyller attorney Dean Frieders said both sides had some minor language issues to work out in the settlement, which was approved by the county board Tuesday night.

Seyller sued the county board in fall 2010 after the board refused to grant her request for additional funding for 11 more employees. She argued the new employees she hired were needed to carry out the state-mandated duties in her office.

Neither Shepro nor Frieders would comment on whether the settlement involved laying off or firing any of the 11 workers.

Since the lawsuit was filed, the matter had amassed at least $460,000 in attorney fees through June.

That was the tally the last time legal bills were submitted, so taxpayers likely will be on the hook for more.

"I am anxious to move this forward," McCann said.