The Dickson County Commission approved a $14,000 settlement with a former canine officer who claimed to be owed back wages. Commissioners unanimously approved paying $10,000 to former Drug Interdiction Criminal Enforcement unit officer Bryan Johnson and $4,000 for his attorney’s fees at Monday night’s regular session. Johnson sued the sheriff’s office and county in U.S. District Court in Nashville in August seeking $75,000 in compensation for time he spent caring for the county’s drug dog in excess of his normal work shifts. Attorney Tim Potter told commissioners that the Fair Labor Standards Act under which the suit was brought would require the county to pay all of Johnson’s legal expenses should it go to trial and the county lose. In the face of that possibility, Potter recommended the county approve a settlement that had been discussed in an executive session two weeks ago. The unanimous commission vote authorizes Mayor Bob Rial to sign and execute a settlement agreement. Potter said he would seek a release of all claims from Johnson and a dismissal with prejudice from the court so no future claims can be made. Johnson left the DICE unit and his position as chief of police in Burns in July 2011 to become an officer in Gulf Shores, Alabama.