In February commission Chairman John Eaves gave no reason for firing O'Connor, saying only that the board had "made the difficult decision to terminate Mr. O'Connor's employment." In March commissioners hired Dick Anderson as county manager.
In the lawsuit, O’Connor says commissioners had the legal authority to relieve him of his duties as county manager. But, citing state law and county personnel regulations, he says they should have allowed him to return to his job as finance director. Only the county manager can hire and fire the finance director, he says.
The lawsuit accuses the county of breach of contract and seeks O’Connor’s reinstatement as finance director, plus back pay and benefits.