Former Ellis County jailer revises whistleblower lawsuit

Ellis County Law Enforcement Center

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A former northwest Kansas jailer has revised his whistleblower lawsuit after a federal judge dismissed his earlier claims.

The amended complaint filed Tuesday by David Vaughan addresses several mistakes in the original filing. Vaughan is no longer suing the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department directly. Instead, he is now suing Ellis County and its commissioners as well as Sheriff Ed Harbin individually.

Vaughan contends he was fired as retaliation for reporting a co-worker who repeatedly used a stun gun on a handcuffed inmate. But he is no longer seeking damages under the Kansas Whistle Blowers Act because he missed the filing deadlines.

He now argues that his whistleblowing was protected under the First Amendment.

The sheriff has contended the claims are without merit.

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