By AP_News Published 04/19/2011 03:23:00 | Views: 3951
Vernon Jones

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement with two former parks employees in a racial discrimination case.

A court filing showed the previously awarded $1.9 million in legal fees and $185,000 in damages will be replaced by the settlement amount.

The settlement brings the cost to the county to more than $4 million since the case was filed in August 2004.

The suit alleged that Vernon Jones, as the county's CEO, wanted to create an administration that would reflect the county's racial makeup.

Attorneys for former parks employee John Drake and the estate of former employee Michael Bryant, who died in February 2010, did not return calls for comment.

County spokesman Burke Brennan issued a statement saying the county maintains it did not discriminate.

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By AP_News 04/19/2011 03:23:00

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