The Henderson City Council agreed during its workshop session yesterday to settle a potential lawsuit with former City Manager Eric Williams for $30,000.
In January, the city agreed to a tolling agreement wherein both the city and Williams agreed to extend his deadline to file a lawsuit by six months. This is a standard legal move that has the effect of forestalling a lawsuit and gives interested parties an opportunity to settle out of court.
No lawsuit was ever filed by Williams against the city.
According to City Attorney Billy Strickland, the settlement represents the fulfillment of the contractual obligations of Williams’ employment. More importantly, to Strickland, it resolves potential claims of unlawful termination, constitutional and civil rights violations, and civil assault, battery, and false arrest.
In accepting the settlement, Williams will universally release the city from any future claims.