Trial set for former employee’s civil suit against Nevada County Sheriff’s Office |

Trial set for former employee’s civil suit against Nevada County Sheriff’s Office

A trial date has been set for a civil suit filed in Nevada County Superior Court by Yvonne Davada Evans, a former accounting assistant with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, and her husband, retired Lt. Bill Evans, against their former employer.

A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 23, with a pre-trial hearing set for Feb. 12. In addition, a settlement conference is scheduled for Feb. 1.

The suit alleges that Yvonne Evans (then Cantrell) was retaliated against after complaining of sexual harassment by then-Undersheriff Richard Kimball, and that Bill Evans was forced to retire.

According to the complaint, Yvonne Evans said Kimball embraced and kissed her in 2008; Evans was separated from then-husband Keith Cantrell at the time.

Evans, who was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2004 as a senior accounting assistant, complained to her union steward in January 2009 about Kimball’s behavior, the complaint states.

After Yvonne and Bill Evans married in 2010, her ex-husband reportedly called in a tip alleging Yvonne Evans had stolen money; she was placed on administrative leave in September 2010 and fired in May 2011.

The complaint alleges Kimball, who was in charge of the investigation, saw a chance to get rid of Yvonne Evans for her sexual harassment complaints against him, and the Sheriff’s Office retaliated against Yvonne Evans by terminating her employment, instigating a criminal complaint against her and subsequently contesting her unemployment benefits.

According to the complaint, the Sheriff’s Office retaliated against Bill Evans by falsely charging him with violating employee confidentiality, declaring him unfit for duty and creating an intolerable working environment that forced him to resign in October 2011.

Yvonne Evans was arrested in August 2011 and charged with four misdemeanor counts of withholding fines after more than $13,000 allegedly was discovered missing. The case against her was dismissed after a judge determined the filing was past the one-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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