The settlement, which comes with no admission of fault, is on top of more than $2.5 million that the county has spent to defend the case. The county has long insisted that sheriff's employees did nothing wrong, and sheriff Neil Williamson maintained that stance after Monday's committee meeting.
"We maintain that we did nothing wrong," Williamson said. "We always thought we would prevail."
Then why settle?
A trial, Williamson said, would only add to the cost, and it is impossible to accurately predict an outcome if the county had pressed on.
"It's a cost-effective thing," the sheriff said.
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