(OnFocus) Former Wood County Sheriff Thomas Reichert has settled with the county for $3,000, instead of the $45,000 he sought for sick and compensatory time accrued as a deputy sheriff.
Reichert was first appointed sheriff in 2005 and elected in 2006. He did not seek re-election November 2018 and finished out his term, filing the lawsuit that December after being denied by the county for benefits.
He sought to use the value of those unused days toward health insurance benefits, which is something only non-elected employees can do, according to the county. Any unused time before being elected is not tracked.
The Wood County Board of Supervisors approved the $3,000 settlement at its meeting this week to settle the civil case.