Former Bullitt Sheriff's Detective Lynn Hunt files wrongful termination lawsuit
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – Former Bullitt County Sheriff’s Detective Lynn Hunt has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the sheriff and demanded reinstatement with back pay.
Hunt, who was in charge of multiple high-profile investigations, was fired July 16 for violating several department policies during March and June, including lying to investigators, according to her termination letter provided in the lawsuit.
In the suit, filed last week in Bullitt Circuit Court, Hunt claims Sheriff David Greenwell violated her due process by suspending her in May and then repeatedly questioning her without providing any explanation or formal charges.
And Hunt claims she was fired without a pre-termination hearing, violating state law.
A termination letter from Greenwell, attached to the lawsuit, claims Hunt was informed on the specifics of the investigation against her when she was questioned.
In an interview, Mike Moulton, an attorney representing Hunt said she was “not sufficiently” notified, but he declined to comment further.
Greenwell could not be reached for comment.
In May, according to a letter obtained by WDRB, Greenwell ordered an investigation into Hunt for “continuing a relationship with a known target of a federal drug investigation after being told” the person was the target of a criminal investigation."
Greenwell had learned, according to the letter sent to Bullitt County Chief Deputy John Cottrell, that Hunt “has conducted herself in an unprofessional manner.”
In Hunt’s July 16 termination letter, Greenwell accused Hunt of telling a man in March that he should sue two Louisville police officers, calling the men an obscene insult, as well as referring to the Bullitt sheriff’s department as a “joke.”
Greenwell also accused Hunt of being disrespectful to him and staffers, working off duty at a bingo hall without informing her supervisor, failing to show up for court after being subpoenaed, lying to investigators and conducting private business on work time.
In addition, after she had been suspended, Hunt allegedly tried to access body camera video downloaded by her husband, former Bullitt Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Corder.
Corder was fired in May for his role in using an electroshock weapon during an arrest.
Hunt was the lead investigator for both the Stanley Dishon case as well as the investigation into former Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield. In March, Dishon was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his niece, Jessica Dishon, in 1999 as well as sexual abuse of several family members.
Hatfield is accused of misappropriating taxpayer dollars during his term as fire chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified monetary damages, a jury trial and asks a judge to reinstate Hunt back on the department with back pay.
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