UPDATED AUG. 30: Ficke filed a lawsuit in a Hays County district court on Friday, naming as defendants the sheriff’s and district attorney’s office as well as Tommy Ratliff and Sherri Tibbe as individuals. The Hays County Commissioners Court is expected to discuss the litigation in executive session at their regular meeting on Tuesday.
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by BRAD ROLLINS
Sheriff Tommy Ratliff’s chief investigator abruptly quit his job this summer after District Attorney Sherri Tibbe said his felony charge 17 years ago of tampering with evidence discredited him as a witness for the state.
Now former Lt. Kevin Ficke is poised to sue the county for wrongful termination, saying his 1993 charge in Uvalde County became fodder for an ongoing feud between Ratliff and Tibbe. His attorney, Chad Dunn of Houston, said this evening that Ficke would file suit on Friday.
“All he’s done for 20 years is protect Central Texas citizens from criminal elements. He’s essentially become collateral damage for a public spat between two public officials who should know better,” Dunn said.
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