A former Beaufort County Clerk of Court employee who says she was fired for cooperating with a S.C. Ethics Commission Investigation into ex-clerk Elizabeth Smith’s handling of public funds has settled her wrongful termination suit against Beaufort County.
Janice Young signed a settlement agreement in January in which she was given $40,000 and allowed to retroactively resign her position as deputy clerk of court, Young said.
In exchange, Janice Young promised not to bring future litigation against the county, Smith, county administrator Gary Kubic, or current clerk of court Jeri Ann Roseneau, Young said.
“The dispute is resolved and I’m looking forward, not backward,” Young wrote in an e-mail.
Young claimed in her lawsuit, filed in November 2009, that Smith fired her in July of that year because Young cooperated with an S.C. Ethics Commission investigation into the former clerk's use of public funds. The state inquiry revealed Smith used $23,500 from public accounts to pay pay for insurance premiums and a vacation home on Pawleys Island.
Young said her firing violated the state’s whistle-blower law and that county officials knew Smith was giving her employees thousands of dollars in improper clothing stipends and they did nothing to stop it, an allegation an attorney for Beaufort County denied in a subsequent response.
Young also agreed not to apply for a job within the clerk of court’s office while Roseneau is clerk of court, Young said.