Revoking the Utah administrative license of former Garfield County School District Superintendent Jerold Judd will be considered in early November by the Utah Professional Practice Commission. The group will meet in Richfield Thursday and Friday, Nov. 1 and 2.
The action is being sought by teachers in the Garfield Education Association, but officers in the organization won't disclose their complaints against Judd.The former superintendent filed lawsuits seeking $100,000 against three board members and the school district after he was placed on involuntary administrative leave, tantamount to firing him, in May 1989. That was six weeks before his contract expired. Judd then sought an injunction.
Although 6th District Judge Don V. Tibbs concluded the former superintendent was terminated without cause, the board of education still wouldn't rehire him or announce its reasons for termination. In his suit, Judd charged, "Malicious and willful intent to cause disgrace, humiliation and ruin, to cause discharge from employment and deprive (him) of future prospects of employment in public education."
Judd is working in an educational position in Arizona.
Recently the Garfield School District was forced to find new counsel in defense of the suit when two Salt Lake City attorneys, Brenton Burbidge and Blake Ostler, were disqualified by the 6th District Court as attorneys representing the district had advised the plaintiff during his tenure as superintendent.
Chamberlain will represent Judd at the informal hearing before the Professional Practices Commission while the Garfield Education Association will be represented by attorney Mike McCoy of the Utah Education Association.
The commission has 11 members, six of whom are teachers. An executive committee will decide whether or not to revoke the former superintendent's administrative license after hearing witnesses at the November session.