Minnehaha County Commission accepts McGowan’s resignation and pays him $35,000

From the Argus Leader, the Minnehaha County Commission just agreed to pay off embattled State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan $35,000 in exchange for his agreement not to sue them:

The commission voted without comment to accept the resignation of McGowan, who has held the office since 2009. The resignation is effective Friday.

The resignation was accompanied with an agreement providing McGowan with a payout of $35,000, in exchange for a release that he would not sue the county.

Read the entire story here.

That’s a fairly gold-colored parachute of taxpayer dollars. But, then again, what would it have cost to fight it?

8 Replies to “Minnehaha County Commission accepts McGowan’s resignation and pays him $35,000”

    1. a friend of education

      “But, then again, what would it have cost to fight it?”

      Solid point. I’m tempted to quote Robert Goodloe Harper — millions for defense, not one cent for tribute — but as a taxpayer, I admit the wisdom.

  1. Pete

    I need to know on what grounds could he sue the county on. I guess my three days of law school did not explain that.

  2. Matt Staab

    Sue the county for what? Because he didn’t do his job? The county commission whiffed on this one, shoulda dared him to sue.

  3. a friend of education

    I believe Mr. McGowan would have lost had he sued. I suspect the CC’s felt defending the suit would likely cost more than 35K. Personally, I would have called his bluff — but I’m not privy to everything they know. I will acknowledge that, very often, cases of this type get expensive in a hurry.

    1. @SoDakCampaigns

      Working in insurance claims (my day job), I suspect this was a discussion they had with their insurance carrier on what defense costs would end up being, even if they prevailed.

      It’s like a discussion I had with a family member over a contract that wasn’t being honored as written. If it costs you $5000 to collect the $5000 you should have been paid, PLUS your time, is it worth risking the out of pocket expenses, even if you win?

  4. Mike Cranny

    Sometimes you Just need to send a message that fraud and bad behavior won’t win. Unfortunately, they took the easy way out.