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Ocean County Paid Out $300K to Settle Cahill OCSD Whistleblower Suit

This county sign aptly describes what is occurring with these sorts of lawsuits.

TOMS RIVER – A settlement agreement was executed earlier in 2017 that resolved a lawsuit filed by Laurie Cahill, a former Ocean County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant for the sum of a $300,000 payout to Cahill, who accused her superiors of orchestrating a “coverup,” records recently made public showed.

As the Asbury Park Press previously reported, then-Lt. Cahill in 2014 filed an explosive whistleblower lawsuit that named several officials within the department as defendants in what the Press described as “criminal coverup” orchestrated from within the department.

In her complaint, citing events that began in 2012, Lt. Cahill “…accused her superiors of engaging in a cover-up to protect one of their own,” a 2014 Press report stated.

According to a copy of the settlement agreement that was first published on our sister website, Cahill was paid the sum of $300,000 to settle her case in early 2017. The documents which disclosed the details of the settlement between the County and Cahill were published on the OPRAmachine website following a request made for copies of the settlement by an anonymous user of the site.

Because the Cahill case was settled before going to trial, none of the allegations in the former lieutenant’s complaint have been fully adjudicated in a court of law,.

Cahill was one of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department’s highest ranking female leaders at the time of her departure, according to past media reports on the case. Cahill also served as the president of the state chapter of FBI National Academy Associates, according to a newspaper article.

Read the full settlement agreement PDF – click here.

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