Clayton County commissioners approved a multimillion-dollar settlement late Tuesday with sheriff’s department employees whom Sheriff Victor Hill unsuccessfully tried to fire on his first day in office in January 2005 —- a controversial move that drew national headlines and sparked an ongoing feud between Hill and some county commissioners.
Harlan Miller, the plaintiff’s lead attorney, said the settlement will likely be about $7 million for the 34 workers. County officials declined to discuss the financial terms of the settlement. The money will come from a $5 million county insurance fund and likely from money collected from Fulton County for inmates housed in the Clayton County Jail. Clayton commissioners also approved the deal with Fulton County to house the inmates on Tuesday evening.