Jones sues the county

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By Susan Sharp

On the heels of being denied a raise, Environmental Services Director Clifton “Tip” Jones has sued Campbell County.

Last week, Jones filed a complaint in Campbell County Circuit Court claiming he has been exposed to substances during his employment that have made him sick.

According to the filing, Jones has been exposed to rock dust from a neighboring quarry and the nearby refuse center for the last 13 years.

As a result, he now has a “permanent impairment” that is linked to his employment with the county, the lawsuit says. Jones was diagnosed with occupational pneumoconiosis in April 2007, the filing continues.

Because of this, he is now unable to continue working, he claims in the suit.

Jones has asked that his worker’s compensation benefits and attorney fees be paid in a single payment. The exact amount being requested was not specified in the suit.

Jones was denied a raise in November 2008 by the county commission. The denial came a week after the budget and finance committee, which is comprised of members of the commission, agreed to the raise.

He also currently has another lawsuit pending in circuit court. That one stemmed from an attempt by then County Mayor Jerry Cross to dismiss Jones from his job.