Long standing rivalries between the Sheriff's Department and the Jefferson County administration underscores the lawsuit issue.
The Sheriff is elected and is not a direct report to the County Leg or its hired administrator. However, all the dollars used to run the department and the dollars used to defend and perhaps settle the suit are appropriated by the County government.
Now that the suit has garnered international coverage, counsel may be hired to preside over it, although the County does maintain its own in house counsel.
Given the publcity over women's issues this year and the issue of workplace harassment in general, it won't be long before some national media wants to cover it.
Of course, alleging something and proving it are two different things, so we will see what happens.
Watertown Daily Times | Internal battles present hurdles in Jefferson County’s response to lawsuit