The latest event in a long-running legal battle between a former Franklin County deputy and Sheriff Jim Raymond and the county is over.

Judge dismisses former MP’s lawsuit

Former Deputy George Rapp was hired by the FCSO in 2009 and fired in 2016. He had been hired by former Sheriff Richard Lathim, and although details of his firing have not been released for legal and of confidentiality, there were allegations that he was repeatedly disciplined for allegedly falling asleep in his patrol car and speeding to a location to help a fellow assistant.

He was later brought back after an arbitrator forced the county to rehire him. He was assigned to prison guard duties and sued in 2019 for retaliation. (WenatcheeWorld).

The case eventually went to federal court

Prosecutor Sean Sant releases statement Friday, July 29

Franklin County District Attorney Sean Sant released a statement that said in part:

“Rapp had sued for (1) wrongful termination in violation of public order; (2) violation of Washington’s anti-discrimination law; (3) deprivation of civil rights under 42 U.S.C § 1983; (4 ) statement under the Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act, RCW §7.24.020 and (5) defamation.

In response to a motion to dismiss filed by Franklin County, Rapp admitted that “[he] lack of evidence and/or legal authority to support [his own] claim[s]”.

In the court’s dismissal order, the judge reminded Rapp’s attorney of his ethical obligation not to bring frivolous lawsuits.

Franklin County would like to thank Special Deputy Andrew Cooley for his outstanding work in defending the county, and therefore the taxpayers of Franklin County, against the baseless lawsuit.”

No further official statement was released, and during this latest process, Sheriff Raymond did not discuss the case, referring any questions to Franklin County attorneys.

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