Claims against Russell Springs Mayor in lawsuit dropped

Former Russell Springs Police Interim Chief Melissa Taylor is dropping gender discrimination claims against Russell Springs Mayor Eddie Thomas that were alleged in a lawsuit earlier this year.

Circuit Judge Vernon Miniard signed the dismissal on Tuesday, as Taylor agreed to dismiss the claims against Thomas.

In the lawsuit filed in Russell Circuit Court in March, Taylor filed suit against Thomas and the city alleging gender discrimination in the hiring process for the police chief position.

Taylor was appointed interim chief following the retirement of Joe Michael Irvin until a new hire was made, in which the city hired Tim Pierce as the department’s new chief.

While the claims against Thomas have been dismissed, the order signed by Judge Miniard states that the order has no effect on Taylor’s claims against the city.


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