Retired deputies suing county

Retired deputies suing county


A class-action lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court here by more than 60 retired Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies.

The suit was filed in federal court because the deputies are alleging violations of their civil rights.

The nub of the action is the insurance plan advanced by the county which has retired deputies paying what they view as exorbitant premiums for the coverage.

State law, they say, requires that the same coverage and the same costs must be offered both active and retired deputies. Retired deputies are being assessed much higher premiums than the active duty staff.

Sheriff Dick Meyers, who is one of the defendants in the action, said he had not seen the lawsuit but was aware of it and that he may be named as a defendant.

Meyers said he really had nothing to do with the insurance program, and deputies know that. “They realize it’s an issue for the county to deal with,” he said. “The officers have been keeping me informed.” He said discussions with deputies, both retired and otherwise, have been congenial.

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