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County settles deputy’s termination suit

County settles deputy’s termination suit

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KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A former sheriff’s deputy has settled with Whatcom County for $300,000 in a wrongful termination suit.

Deputy Paul Murphy claimed Sheriff Bill Elfo fired him in 2012 because he spoke out against Elfo’s re-election on Facebook.

His attorney Bob Butler says the settlement is not about the money.

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Sheriff Bill Elfo says he did not fire Murphy because of anything he posted.

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The settlement allows Murphy to resign, which Butler says will help him in future job searches.

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