County calls special meeting on LCDC dispute

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Limestone County commissioners court has called a special meeting for Monday, June 30, with the main agenda item an executive session to discuss the county’s dispute with former warden and administrator of the Limestone County Detention Center Mike Sutton.
Sutton put together a company to run the county-owned prison on an interim basis beginning Dec. 17, 2013, with an initial payment of $50,000 a month to cover the salaries of Sutton and two employees, plus utilities and other costs, but not including the insurance on the complex or capital expenditures.
After billing the county $50,000 each for January and February, Sutton billed the county $20,000 for March, then $35,000 for April. The court voted in March to change the monthly fee to “up to $35,000,” but Sutton never signed onto the change. Once the county voted in May to terminate its contract with Sutton, he billed the county an extra $30,000 for March, $15,000 for April and the full $50,000 for May, submitting an invoice for $95,000.

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