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.

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