Randall Waldrep can now remove the “temporary” qualifier from his title as interim manager of the Cullman County Water Department. He and the Cullman County Commission agreed to a three-year employment contract, subject to annual performance reviews that, if favorable, will continually renew.

Waldrep is one of two departmental managers to most recently agree to employment contracts offered by the county commission. The commission negotiated contracts with eight department heads earlier this year. Both Waldrep’s contract and that of Juvenile Detention director Tanya Sears, who was already working under a contract that was set to expire, were ratified at Tuesday’s regular commission meeting.

Waldrep was designated the department’s interim manager in April, following the commission’s dismissal of former manager David Bussman. Bussman has since sued the county for violating his contract in the manner in which the commission terminated him. That suit seeks more than $2 million in pay, benefits and compensatory damages.

The county has filed a countersuit against Bussman, contending that he voluntarily relinquished his position with the county when he took a job as department manager of the now-defunct South Cumberland Cooperative District. Both lawsuits are still pending.

Read more on this story in the Thursday, September 15, 2011 print edition of The Cullman Times or subscribe to the E-edition and have it emailed to you.

* Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at bbullard@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 270.

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