Missoula, MT -

Missoula County commissioners have approved a $120,000 settlement for two deputies who alleged the sheriff discriminated against them when one announced plans to run for sheriff.

Last month, an investigator with the Montana Human Rights Bureau found Sheriff Carl Ibsen discriminated against sheriff's candidate Detective Sgt. T.J. McDermott and Detective Jason Johnson, who supported his candidacy. McDermott has said if he wins he would appoint Johnson as undersheriff.

The Missoulian (http://bit.ly/OiM56U ) reported on Johnson's complaint last month in which he said he lost his post as public information officer, made less money and lost his office. McDermott said Thursday he couldn't release his complaint as part of the settlement.

Council members approved $60,000 settlements for each detective on Thursday.
   Ibsen would only say the case has been amicably resolved.