Bridges files suit over firing

Claims laws, policies violated when terminated as county engineer

A Fairhope attorney filed suit in Escambia County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon on behalf of former County Engineer Bill Bridges claiming the county commission violated Bridges’ due process rights when it fired him on Jan. 9, 2023.

The suit was filed against the county commission as a whole and Commissioners Steven Dickey, Raymond Wiggins, Brandon Smith, Larry White and Karean Reynolds individually.

After placing Bridges on administrative leave with pay the week before, the commission voted 3-2 to terminate him as county engineer during a commission meeting on Jan. 9. Commissioner Smith made...