Andrea Barr, left, stands with her attorney Kathleen Cahill outside the Baltimore County Circuit Court. Photo by John Lee.

A Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge ruled Thursday that the school system’s chief auditor, Andrea Barr, can keep her job while litigation connected to her firing by the school board plays out.

Judge Sherrie Bailey said she is “quite concerned” by the allegations that board members retaliated against Barr for not doing their bidding.

By granting the preliminary injunction, Judge Bailey rejected arguments by the school board’s attorneys that there was no evidence that board members had retaliated against the chief auditor.

Barr testified Wednesday that board members Kathleen Causey and Russ Kuehn asked her to do unethical and improper actions by interfering on their behalf in an outside audit of the school system. She told the judge she had been threatened with her job.

“There is some concerning information,” Bailey said. “There is absolutely no harm granting a preliminary injunction.”

Following the judge’s decision, Barr’s attorney, Kathleen Cahill, said, “Ms. Barr is very relieved and thrilled to have been provided the right to continue her exceptional career, to work hard for what is right, and without threat of unlawful retaliation.”

The school board’s attorneys had no comment.

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