Former Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dale Strobridge has sent a request for a dismissal of his lawsuit against San Luis Obispo County challenging his job termination, according to county counsel Warren Jensen.
The request is expected to bring Strobridge’s lawsuit, which was filed in March, to a conclusion, though the language in the request indicates he hasn’t given up the possibility he may re-file at a future time, Jensen said.
Jensen said the county would have to look into whether it’s possible for him to re-file the lawsuit.
Strobridge was fired from his position in February 2011 after claiming he discovered confidential deputy evaluations, written reprimands and other personnel documents published on the “patrol z drive file” of the sheriff’s network.
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Strobridge alleged he was retaliated against after downloading the documents on a thumb drive to ensure their integrity and reported them to the county.
Strobridge did not respond to a Tribune call seeking comment Friday.
County lawyers with the firm Smith Mitchellweiler responded to the complaint in April, saying Strobridge copied the files without authorization. They claimed “personal use” was his motivation.