A political fight has turned into a legal battle inside the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
It stems from the race for sheriff in 2012 when Sgt. Dan Charleston ran against incumbent Sheriff Bill McCarthy.
Charleston filed a civil rights lawsuit against McCarthy, Chief Deputy Victor Munoz and three members of the Civil Service Commission on Thursday. He claims they’re retaliating against him for running.
Charleston says he received poor performance reviews after announcing his candidacy, that he was passed over for a promotion to lieutenant and that he was moved to a less desirable position.
Charleston is asking for lost wages, lost benefits and emotional damages.