Friday, February 6, 2015

Star-News: U.S. Judge Tosses Most Claims Made by Former McCall Police Chief

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Nearly two years after former McCall Police Chief Jerry Summers claimed that he had been illegally fired as retaliation from City Manager Gene Drabinski, a federal court judge has dismissed most of Summers' wrongful termination suit.

This week's McCall Star-News reports U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge tossed out most of the claims, but kept alive two charges: that Drabinski was allegedly hostile toward Summers and that the distrust between the two dated back to when Drabinski was the city's interim city manager and a prime candidate to take over the job full-time. The Star-News reports that Lodge ordered the two sides to get together before Monday, Feb. 23 to settle the case or else it would have to go to trial, set for April 7.

Lodge dismissed a string of other claims, including Summers' allegation that his federal rights had been violated and that he was a victim of retaliation. Summers, who joined the McCall Police Department in 1997 and was named chief in 2005, initially said he wanted his old job back plus back pay and unspecified damages. 

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