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Lippincott Lawsuit

May 3, 2012 by Editor

I attended the March 9th Parker County Candidate Forum at the Millsap Community Center.

I am concerned with the lies that Larry Lippincott informed the voters of Parker County and I am here to set the record straight with facts.

My name is Pam Hardy. I worked for Mrs. King for three years prior to Larry Lippincott taking over in 2000.

During Lippincott’s first week in office, I was appointed as his Bookkeeper (since he fired the previous bookkeeper before taking office on Jan. 1, 2000) then later on I was promoted to his Chief Deputy/Deputy in Charge of Countywide Operations.

Mr. Lippincott informed the voters at the Candidate Forum that Marjorie King was behind the whole lawsuit of Pam Hardy and Kaye Rohus vs. Parker County/Larry Lippincott. This is a total lie!
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Mrs. King had nothing to do with the suit. Larry Lippincott violated our First Amendment Rights and the lawsuit was only a last resort; which more employees could have been involved in the suit but they were either still working for Mr. Lippincott at the time or had transferred to another office within Parker County and could not be in the suit.

My suit with Lippincott was dismissed only due to #1) I did not live in Parker County at the time of the election/nor could I vote in the election and #2) Lippincott was entitled to Sovereign Immunity because I was his Chief Deputy.

(Qualified immunity is a legal doctrine in constitutional law which protects government officials from liability for the violation of an individual’s federal constitutional rights when an employee played supervisory, policymaking and confidential roles.)

For Kaye Rohus, Parker County Commissioners created a new position in the Willow Park substation of the Tax Assessor’s Office with the understanding Lippincott would ask Rohus to accept the new position to avoid expensive litigation.

Lippincott initially agreed to rehire Rohus, but later reneged. The law suit proceeded and the Summary Judgment signed and dated March 31, 2008 by US District Judge Terry Means stated that Lippincott had violated Ms. Rohus’s First Amendment Rights and that he was not entitled to qualified immunity, which did settle out of court for an undetermined amount of money.

Please join me in re-electing Marjorie King for Tax-Assessor Collector!

- Pam Hardy, Millsap

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