KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A lawsuit saying an appointed director isn't qualified for the job is being appealed and Hawaii County taxpayers will pay the legal bill.
West Hawaii Today reports councilmembers approved spending $47,231 on the costs of defending Environmental Management Director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd against the lawsuit.
Almost $14,000 has already been paid since the lawsuit was filed in 2013.
A judge ruled in late May that a requirement that environmental managers have degrees in engineering or a related field is too vague to enforce.
Brenda Ford and Kona attorney Michael Matsukawa filed their appeal Tuesday in the Intermediate Court of Appeals.
Matsukawa said the May ruling does not fall in line the law.
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