Senior Judge Glen E. Conrad has given former Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services Director Sherry Flanagan until Dec. 13 to amend her original complaint against county officials and others.
"[Judge Conrad] said the plaintiff needed to plead her allegations with more specificity," Pittsylvania County Attorney Vaden Hunt said.
The original complaint alleges Pittsylvania County, the board of supervisors, Henry Hurt, and Vic Ingram defamed Flanagan, deprived her of constitutional due process, and wrongful termination predicated upon a violation of her first amendment rights.
Flanagan is suing for $4 million in damages. The lawsuit alleges Scearce, Hurt, and Ingram had a successful ‘smear campaign’ against Flanagan.
Flanagan was terminated by the county DSS board on Aug. 30, 2018.
According to court documents, three separate motions to dismiss have been filed — one by Pittsylvania County and Scearce, and the other two by Ingram and Hurt.
Hurt has also countersued for attorney fees and court costs.
An official trial date has not been set.