Jefferson’s insurer paid Smith $170,000

CHARLES TOWN – The county’s former administrator, who was fired by the Jefferson County Commission in a 3-2 vote in 2009, received $225,000 in total compensation from the commission and its insurer, according to the settlement agreement.

The county paid Leslie Smith $55,000 directly, according to current county administrator Debbie Keyser, with the county’s liability insurer paying the balance.

Longtime Jefferson County administrator Leslie Smith was fired by the Jefferson County Commission.

Longtime Jefferson County
administrator Leslie Smith
was fired by the Jefferson
County Commission.

The settlement also required the commission or its insurer to pay the costs of the mediation process.

The settlement does not specify the total cost of that process.

The commission did not admit any liability, according to the agreement, which specifies that it and Smith “wish to resolve the lawsuit solely to avoid the expense and uncertainty of further litigation.”

Smith sought damages of an amount to be determined by the court, but it was reported at the time that she requested more than $630,000 in compensation for 7,000+ hours of accrued but unused compensatory leave, vacation and sick time.

The commission agreed, as part of the settlement, to inform the state retirement system that she is entitled to more than 2,000 hours of leave from her time as administrator.

In exchange, Smith has agreed not to sue the County Commission for any other complaint arising from her time as county administrator and not to apply for future employment with the commission.

Smith also agreed not to disparage the commission .

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