The former Greene County Children Services director has filed a second lawsuit against county commissioners.
In the civil complaint, Alice Maddox asks the court to invalidate the merger of children services with Greene County Jobs and Family Services, reinstate her to her former position as executive director and fine the commissioners $500 for each Sunshine Law violation in addition to court and legal fees.
The lawsuit, filed in Greene County Common Pleas Court on June 3, alleges the county commission board held about 60 illegal work sessions or meetings that were not publicized in advance. Maddox alleges these meetings were not open to the public and minutes for these meetings were not documented.
The lawsuit also alleges county commissioners appointed people to the children services board without discussion or deliberation.
In addition to the commission board, the lawsuit alleges the defunct children services board held a series of executive sessions that violated the Sunshine Laws.
The children services board is accused of placing Maddox on paid administrative leave and asking her to resign during a closed executive session on April 26 without taking a vote. The law suit also alleges the children services board convened an executive session to discuss her evaluation, while she was director. State law does not include the discussion of an employee evaluation as one of the exemptions for an executive session.
Maddox filed her first lawsuit in July 2012. She alleges the children services board held a series of executive sessions that did not meet the requirements of the law.
Six months later, , a Greene County Common Pleas Court visiting judge, John W. Kessler ruled Maddox would receive back pay from the time she was formally terminated in June 2012. The court also sided with the former director and ruled the children services board committed multiple violations of the Sunshine Law.
The minimum penalty for each Sunshine Law violations is $500.
The court will hold a hearing to determine civil forfeiture and attorney fees in the first lawsuit, however, no hearing has been scheduled at this time.