Report: Former mayor, city settle public records lawsuit

The city of Columbus and former mayor Kristen Brown have reached a settlement in her public records lawsuit with the city.

Our news-gathering partners at The Republic are reporting that the city and police department will pay Brown $32,000 to cover her attorney fees court costs and other expenses.

The action stems from an alleged domestic disturbance in August of 2016 involving a married couple employed by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Brown filed the lawsuit in February of 2017, alleging that the Columbus Police Department and Chief John Rohde failed to document and provide her with information regarding that incident.

Judge Richard W. Poynter, of Jackson County, ruled in the former mayor’s favor in June.

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