In a special meeting Tuesday, the Clay County Commissioners accepted an agreement allowing Brandon Riggle, 27, Clay City, to return to his job at the Clay County Highway Department.
Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil told The Brazil Times the agreement is restricted to Riggle's personnel file only and the terms of his reinstatement are not public record.
On May 12, Riggle was suspended, without pay, for 90 days as the commissioners were waiting for the judgment in his court case, which included charges of resisting law enforcement and interfering with a law enforcement animal.
However, his suspension was maintained as the court date was delayed until Nov. 24, when Clay Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout accepted a plea agreement entered by Riggle. As part of the court-negotiated plea agreement, Riggle pled guilty to class A misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with an ACE of .15 or more, resisting law enforcement and interfering with a law enforcement animal, and was sentenced to a year's probation, with 90 days to be spent during in-home electronic detention and a 90-day suspension of his driver's license (retroactive to the first notice set by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles).
The agreement for reinstatement was initially presented in an executive session prior to the meeting, and Riggle was considering taking the agreement to his lawyer for review.
The potential delay was noticeably frustrating to the commissioners.
"If he had been anywhere else with public works, he would have been fired," Commissioner Jack Withers said. "I think we have gone above and beyond the call in considering bringing him back."
Commissioners' President Charlie Brown agreed in wanting to resolve the issue.
"I believe (the agreement) is a fair document," he said. "He has the legal right to allow his attorney to look at it, but if it was not signed today, it would have had to wait until our next meeting."
After listening to his options when it came to signing the agreement, Riggle spoke privately with a member of his family and decided to sign it during the meeting.
Because the agreement was approved Tuesday, Riggle will be eligible to return to work Jan. 2, 2009.
"I am glad we got this resolved," Brown told The Brazil Times. "This issue had been drug out long enough."