Curry County jail administrator gets reinstated after suit

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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) – A judge has ordered that a Curry County jail administrator who was fired in 2013 be reinstated to his job, if he still wants it.

Fifth Judicial District Court Judge William Shoobridge also awarded pre-judgment interest of more than $30,000 from the time Gerry Billy was fired in January 2013.

Billy filed a lawsuit against the county in 2014 under the state Whistleblower Protection Act, arguing that he was wrongfully fired.

He was jail administrator for slightly more than a year.

Billy says he was fired in part because one of his employees wanted to form a labor union.

A District Court jury found the county liable for damages on Aug. 1 and awarded him about $88,000 for lost wages.

Billy was seeking $400,000 in damages. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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