A settlement could be in the offing within the next 45 days between Somerset county Sheriff’s Deputy James Troy Durham and County Sheriff Robert Jones and other county officials.
The Local Government Insurance Trust which represents the County Commissioners has asked the judge for a postponement to give both sides a chance to negotiate a deal.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the reason for the 45-day time frame is because the County Commissioners only meet once a week.
Durham was fired and then reinstated and is now seeking back pay and benefits.
Meanwhile, he was recertified as a police officer last week by the Maryland Police Training Commission and will be issued a uniform and department vehicle.
Until this week Durham had been assigned to monitoring security cameras at the local courthouse, without uniform, service weapon or arrest powers.