MOULTRIE -- Former County Administrator Brian Marlowe is seeking more than $250,000 -- the balance of his three-year employment contract -- from the county.

The Colquitt County Board of Commissioners fired Marlowe in September after a series of controversies but not before the board voted to terminate the three-year contract both parties entered into June 17. Marlowe had previously offered to abandon the contract because its legality became a divisive debate among commissioners.

In a Nov. 24 letter from Marlowe's attorney, Cairo lawyer Thomas Lehman, the former administrator asserts the county owes him base salary plus benefits, and if it doesn't pay up he will file a breach of contract suit against it. Lehman requested a response from the county by Dec. 10.

Also in the letter, Lehman mentioned Marlowe understood that he was required to move his residence to Colquitt County. The letter stated he took the action required, but some commissioners earlier complained that he still lived in Worth County despite his purchase of a Moultrie townhouse.

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