Horry County Treasurer Angie Jones yesterday filed to dismiss her lawsuit against Horry County and county administrator Chris Eldridge with prejudice for all events that relate to the lawsuit up through the date of filing, May 17, 2018.
Jones initially filed her lawsuit in November 2017 after county government refused to add one additional administrative assistant position to the current year budget for the Treasurer’s Office. Jones said the amount of additional funds the position would have required was approximately $43,000 including salary and benefit costs.
The dismissal does not affect Jones’ potential “to assert claims relating to future circumstances that may arise,” according to the filing.
Related to Jones’ filing, the county dismissed all claims against Jones related to its Amended Answer and Counterclaims.
According to the stipulation of dismissal, each party is solely responsible for its own costs and attorneys’ fees.
On May 3, 2018, this reporter filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Horry County Government for “Total amount to date spent by Horry County to McNair Law Firm specifically for legal services pursuant to the Horry County Treasurer/Angie Jones v. Horry County government and Administrator Chris Eldridge.”
Henrietta Golding of the McNair Law Firm was lead attorney for the county’s defense.
On May 17, 2018, the same day the dismissals were filed with the court, Horry County Public Information Specialist Kelly Brosky sent the following response to my request, “Your request for information is not covered under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act and is declined.”