Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

CNJ staff

Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement reached almost a year after she was fired, according to court records obtained last week by the Clovis New Journal.

Bean was also awarded $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. Her employment records at the county will also contain what is described as a “neutral” letter concerning her employment.

Terms of the settlement are contained in an agreement signed Sept. 7, 2010.

Bean was fired Sept. 16, 2009, by County Manager Lance Pyle, who noted at the time that while she had initiated changes at the county’s troubled jail “other crucial steps that have been directed are not being made priorities.” She filed an employment discrimination lawsuit soon after her dismissal.

Her letter of resignation is dated Sept. 9, 2009 — one week before she was let go.