Members of the Delaware County Commissioners approved for a Tulsa law firm to appeal a lawsuit against its insurance company.

The move came during the Monday, April 9, meeting, after commissioners met in executive session for about 15 minutes with a representative with Richards and Connors discussing a civil lawsuit filed in 2012 which they will appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

The case, argues whether the insurance company, Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma Self Insurance Group, would cover a $13.5 million federal civil rights judgment against the Delaware County Commissioners.

In the 2011 settlement, 15 former female county inmates claimed they were sexually assaulted. They received settlements ranging from $67,500 to $3.3 million.

The insurance group agreed to pay $1 million for the one large claim, rather than $1 million for each single occurrence, prompting the county to file a breach of contract and bad faith claim lawsuit.

The Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision not to pay for each single occurrence prompting the commissioners to appeal the case to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In 2012, Delaware County voters approved a 17-year half-cent sales tax to pay off the judgment. Since then county commissioners said the judgment will be paid off earlier than expected.

In financial business, the commissioners approved transferring $8,500 to its maintenance and operations account at the request of the county accessor’s office and transferring $14,880.26 between two accounts in connection to the Piney Bridge project. 

Other items include paying a $7,020 invoice from the Craig County Sheriff’s office for housing 14 inmates and approve $1,100 blanket purchase order for the Woodshed at the request of the Bernice Fire Department.

Other items approved:

• a claim form for reimbursement for additional homestead exemption.

• file notification that Gus Holland is the acting county directors for the Delaware County Extension Office and requisitioning officer.

• for district employees to purchase materials from APAC.

The next meeting is 9 a.m. Monday, April 15 at the Delaware County Courthouse in the Commissioners’ Public Meeting room.