Sunday, October 12, 2014

Court Date for Former Police Chief's Suit Against McCall Pushed to April 2015

Posted By on Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The much-anticipated trial surrounding the firing of former McCall Police Chief Jerry Summers has been pushed back again.

Summers sued the city, claiming he was illegally fired in early 2013 as "retaliation" by City Manager Gene Drabinski. Summers claimed that he discovered Drabinski was in possession of an Idaho's driver's license at the same time his Massachusetts license was under revocation. Former Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Williams said Summers repeatedly warned Drabinski that he was in violation of the law.

"It's an ugly situation," MCall City Councilman Nic Swanson said in April 2013. "We're between a rock and a hard place."

The McCall City Council voted unanimously to fire Summers, indicating that he and Drabinski couldn't work together.

Summers joined the McCall Police Department in 1997 and was named chief in 2005.

This week's McCall Star-News reports that the trial—initially set to begin later this month—has now been pushed back to April 2015.

Both sides met in settlement earlier this year to no avail. Meanwhile, McCall officials have asked U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge to dismiss the case.

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