County served in Hill controversy

By Justin Boron

The Clayton County government accepted official notice Monday of the federal lawsuit filed by the 27 deputies fired by Sheriff Victor Hill Jan. 3 - his first day in office, said County Attorney Don Comer.

A brief filed by Harlan Miller, the employees' attorney, cites "damaged reputations and diminished standing in the community" in a "race, age, and politically-inspired plot" carried out Hill and several on his staff.

The federal lawsuit is just one of the many elements of litigation in the controversy surrounding the dismissals and Hill's heightened security tactics.

Miller also filed a separate lawsuit in Clayton County Monday.

The county would have to pay any damages ordered by the federal judge.

Hill could not be reached for comment.