A settlement agreement has been reached between the Delaware County commissioners and former Delaware sheriff Al Myers in a defamation lawsuit Myers filed against the county in 2007.

A settlement agreement has been reached between the Delaware County commissioners and former Delaware sheriff Al Myers in a defamation lawsuit Myers filed against the county in 2007.

Commissioner Todd Hanks confirmed the county had reached an agreement with Myers but said he had not seen the final documents and could not comment on the dollar amount of the settlement.

"This will put a dark chapter behind us," Hanks said.

Commissioner president Tommy Thompson and vice president Ken O'Brien could not be reached for comment.

Myers resigned as sheriff on May 31, 2007 prior to pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of receiving improper compensation and conflict of interest.

He filed the defamation lawsuit in August 2007 against former county commissioners Glenn Evans, Kris Jordan and Jim Ward, and former interim sheriff Mark Wolfe.

Wolfe was appointed sheriff by the commissioners for one week following Myers resignation.

Myers was seeking $5-million in compensatory damages stemming from Wolfe's allegations in a press release during his week in office that child pornography was found on Myers ' county-owned computer. State investigators cleared Myers, finding that the images were legitimately stored as part of an investigation.

The commissioners will acknowledge those findings in a resolution at Thursday's 9 a.m. meeting.

The resolution calls for the censure of Wolfe "for his intemperate and defamatory press release" and states that Meyers was never a suspect in an investigation involving child pornography "and should not have been described in that way" and was actually a "leader in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children"

The resolution also states the commissioners accept "without reservation" the findings of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification, current sheriff Walter L. Davis III and the county prosecutor's office that Myers "acted honorably and within the scope of this office."