Winnebago County Board agrees to settle lawsuit with Sheriff

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced terms of a settlement with Sheriff Gary Caruana, who had filed a lawsuit against the County asking to restore funding to the Sheriff’s Department budget for 2019.

The Sheriff says he felt forced to file a lawsuit against the board and Chairman Frank Haney. The complaint stems from 2017 when $4 million of the Sheriff’s budget was cut. Caruana claimed it affected his ability to do his job.

The agreement requires the County Board to approve a budget amendment of $1.7 million, which will be used to pay salaries for 24 deputies.

The settlement also requires that Sheriff Caruana pay fees for his court appointed special prosecutor.

Caruana will also be required to dismiss his lawsuit against the County, Chairman Frank Haney, and County Treasurer Sue Goral.

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