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Former county attorney reinstated
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BY REBECCA PALNER

Clipper Staff Writer

FARMINGTON – The former county attorney who lost his job in 2011 and has filed several lawsuits against the county emerged victorious from one of those battles this week. 

According to a ruling by the Davis County Career Service Council, a 2013 action by the county attorney’s office to rehire and then fire Tyler James Larsen lacked due process. He was therefore reinstated.

The county had rehired Larsen in an effort to resolve the multiple disputes, including requests for back pay. He was later removed from the payroll without notice or a chance to respond.

While the council ruled on the matter of due process, it did not decide to award Larsen the back pay, saying it could rule on that later.

“If Tyler Larsen is expecting back pay for the period of September 2010 to August 2011, it will not likely be this body who grants such,” the order reads. “We have seen enough information in the record which leads us to believe that there are likely sufficient ground for termination if the proper procedure is employed.”

Larsen was first fired in relation to problems in a robbery trial. In October of 2010, the career service council upheld Larsen’s first firing, but he appealed that decision.

Despite the reinstatement, Larsen could still be fired if he is provided a separate notice and separate hearing, according to the order.

“We are only ruling on the procedure (or lack of procedure) employed by the Davis County Attorney’s Office,” it reads.

The order goes on to chastise both parties.

“In our opinion this dispute has blossomed way out of control,” it reads. “In our opinion, both parties should resolve this matter and move on with their lives. Й The longer the dispute lingers, the more acrimony will be fueled.”

rpalmer@davisclipper.com

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