In light of the lawsuit filed on Monday by Madera County District Attorney David Linn against the county’s Board of Supervisors, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler believes it’s just the DA’s attempt at “saving face.”
Last November, the Board of Supervisors sanctioned an investigation that ended with allegations against Linn of workplace harassment, discrimination and abuse. The board voted to censure Linn and called for his resignation.
According to the lawsuit, Linn is seeking damages for the board’s alleged violation of his civil rights, slander, denying him his due process, causing him emotional distress and interfering with his ability to make a living.
Linn essentially blamed the board for his election loss in June.
“His allegations are absolutely false. He did that all on his own,” Wheeler said of Linn’s election loss. He added it was Linn, not the board, that was responsible for the allegations that were brought to light when the district attorney was investigated.
Linn named all five of the county’s supervisors in his lawsuit and also included Eric Fleming, the county’s chief administrative officer.
The district attorney declined to comment on Wheeler’s remarks on Wednesday.
Wheeler said the board will meet in a closed session next Tuesday to discuss how they will approach the case. He and the rest of the supervisors believe Linn was given his due process and were simply doing what was best for the employees around Linn.
“He could have just moved on by just saying ‘I’m sorry’ and moving on, but he wouldn’t do that. So he put us in a corner where we had to take action and protect our employees,” Wheeler said.
This is not the first time Linn has taken action against the county’s supervisors. In January, Linn accused the five supervisors of receiving illegal campaign donations and inappropriately spending county funds. This lawsuit in particular has left Wheeler feeling “disappointed.”