MADERA – The Madera County Counsel’s Office has announced that former District Attorney David Linn has voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against the County “and all individually named defendants, including the members of the Board of Supervisors.”
Linn filed suit in August 2018 against the County of Madera, the Board of Supervisors, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer and two contracted County attorneys, alleging that they tried to stop his investigation into government corruption by conspiring to defame and slander him through censure and thereby cause him to lose the election.
Linn took office in 2015 and garnered just 22 percent of the vote in his bid for reelection in the June 2018 primary.
On Nov. 27, 2017, the Board of Supervisors held a special meeting at which they voted unanimously to censure Linn for creating a hostile workplace environment and using sexually and racially offensive language.
The Board had demanded his resignation in the wake of a complaint filed by a County employee which prompted an independent investigation. Months of interviews with other employees led to a finding that Linn consistently used vulgar and offensive language, and engaged in “conduct unbecoming of an elected District Attorney that has tarnished the reputation of the Madera County District Attorney’s Office.”
Linn was demanding a jury trial claiming violation of his due process rights; violation of privacy; intentional interference with his ability to earn a living; conspiracy to violate his civil rights and interfere with his economic interests; intentional infliction of emotional distress; defamation, slander and libel; and intentional age discrimination.
In a statement released today, County Counsel stated that no money was paid by either party and the case is now concluded.
“The Board is pleased with the outcome as it ultimately benefits the taxpayers of Madera County. The Board has no further comment at this time.”
Mr. Linn could not be immediately reached for comment.