Potential trial witnesses include Benton, Rice and Clifford, former County Manager Mark McCauley and former county councilors David Madore and Tom Mielke.
The suit alleges, in part, that the plaintiffs faced hostility and retaliation after resisting what they described as improper actions by McCauley. Amid a staff reorganization in March 2016, the three plaintiffs were laid off in what McCauley described as a cost-saving measure.
Benton later took a job as Trump’s director of the Selective Service System. The Clark County Council terminated McCauley’s contract in 2017.
The plaintiffs’ counsel amended their complaint in 2019. They made the same factual allegations but added new legal claims, including that the county failed to follow its own resolutions, ordinances and home-rule charter when McCauley dissolved the department.
The plaintiffs are represented by the Seattle-based law firm Frey Buck, while Seattle-based law firm Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch is representing the county.