Leachville settles lawsuit filed by former police officers

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

In a short special called meeting Tuesday, Oct. 2, Leachville Mayor Rodney Robertson and council members discussed the outcome of a hearing held in Little Rock on Sept. 19.

Two former Leachville police officers, Brandon Womack and Zakkery Crocker, filed a complaint against the City of Leachville with allegations of violations of overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act 29.

Womack was employed by the Leachville Police Department from approximately October 2016 until June 2017, at the rank of lieutenant. Crocker was with the police department from approximately April 18, 2016 until June 2017 as an officer and a certified K-9 handler.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Crocker and Womack, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situations of all salaried law enforcement officers below the rank of chief employed by Leachville at any time since July 17, 2014.

After negotiations, the council had a split vote of 3 and 3 to settle the suit for a maximum of $102,000. Mayor Robertson broke the tie voting to settle the suit.

Voting to settle for the amount were Council members Paul Wildy, Richie Pace and Teresa Johnson. Casting no votes were Lisa Baldridge, Keith Evans and Ethel Hetler.

Mayor Robertson said if any of the officers employed by the city from July 17, 2014, opt out of the suit, that money will come back to the city and not be divided between the others.

Mayor Robertson and the council agreed time sheets signed by the employees and their supervisor on a regular basis will be enforced.

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