WENATCHEE-A Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy who recently won a half million dollar judgement against her employer is now filing as a candidate to defeat Sheriff Brian Burnett.
Jennifer Tyler has filed to run as a write-in candidate on the November general election ballot. Tyler was awarded over $500,000 in her wrongful termination lawsuit against then Sheriff, Mike Harum.
She was reinstated but says she is still being retaliated against by the Sheriff’s office.
“A lawsuit did not change the behavior that I was having to work under and the conditions I was having to work under,” Tyler said. “The idea of being able to be the sheriff means that I don’t have to do it for four more years.”
She says she was encouraged to run by a Cashmere business owner who said he had written her name in on his ballot.
“When I was terminated in 2010, it was heartbreaking when I got home that I didn’t have one phone call,” Tyler said. “So one person supporting me mattered, and I wanted it to count.”
In order to qualify for the general election the 43 year old deputy would have to receive at least one percent of the total vote in Tuesday’s primary. Sheriff Burnett reacted to Tyler’s candidacy saying that she had the right to run but denied her allegations of retaliation.