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Malheur County settles with Williams

By John L. Braese and Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

Brad Williams, former Malheur County undersheriff, will receive $475,000 from the county to settle his allegations he faced religious discrimination while working at the sheriff’s office.

County officials disclosed the settlement Tuesday in response to a public records request from the Malheur Enterprise.

“I think I am vindicated,” Williams said. “It vindicates me a little bit.”

Williams sued the county and Sheriff Brian Wolfe in October 2015 to contest his firing from the agency. In his federal lawsuit, Williams contended he faced religious discrimination from Wolfe. He said Wolfe, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave favored treatment to other employees affiliated with the LDS Church. Williams also said his firing in February 2015 came in part because he complained of mismanagement in the sheriff’s office.

The county and Wolfe . . .