A former Curry County sheriff’s deputy and his wife have filed suit against the county, alleging injury, negligence and retaliation.
Larry Garrison said he was forced to resign in October because of negative treatment he received after his wife filed notice of an injury claim, according to a complaint filed in district court last month. The Garrisons are seeking unspecified damages in excess of $25,000, to include emotional distress, compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys fees and further relief as determined by the court, the complaint said.
County Manager Lance Pyle said he would not comment and referred inquiries to the county’s litigation attorney, Daniel Macke, who also declined to comment.
The complaint alleges the county delayed putting his wife on his health insurance, challenged his claim for workman’s compensation and mishandled personal and retirement deductions from his wages after his wife filed notice of a personal injury claim against the county.
Melissa Garrison, the complaint said, broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on ice outside the Curry County Courthouse in January 2007.
She was at the courthouse picking up paperwork for her husband, who had broken his leg while on duty with the sheriff’s department, the complaint said.
Garrison resigned his position two weeks after being placed on paid leave while being investigated about a private dispute over the purchase of a vehicle.
Garrison pleaded no contest in December to disorderly conduct and was fined $40, court records show. The assault charges were dropped, records show.
Sheriff’s office officials have said Garrison’s resignation was voluntary.
Attempts to reach the Garrison’s attorney, Shay Meagle of Albuquerque, were unsuccessful.