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Knezovich and Spokane County reach settlement

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Spokane County have reached a settlement that wards off several court actions resulting from the termination of a Spokane County Jail sergeant last July.

The negotiated agreement allows former Corrections Sergeant Gary Delzer to resign effective July 26, 2006, the day his employment was terminated by the sheriff.  The agreement also includes a $49,900 payment to settle all claims of any nature that might arise from the termination of employment.

"We were approached by the other side to negotiate a settlement," said Sheriff Knezovich Thursday morning.  "We agreed to enter into negotiations and the result was this settlement."

"I still stand by my original decision in the matter," he added.  "However, we reached an amicable decision that resolves the matter without Spokane County facing the risk that an arbiter or jury might come to a different decision."

Three actions had arisen out of the firing, a Spokane County Civil Service complaint, a labor contract grievance and U.S. Federal Court action.

"Given the potential for an alternate outcome in any one of the three actions, the attorneys involved negotiated this amount and agreement as a fair resolution," the sheriff added.

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