City Settles Lawsuit Brought By Police Over Pay Issue For $750,000

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

City Attorney Wade Hinton said the city is settling a lawsuit brought by 25 high-ranking members of the Chattanooga Police Department over the issue of a promised pay raise for $750,000.


A Circuit Court jury in August 2016 awarded the officers $562,953 in back pay.


Chancellor Pam Fleenor in her final judgment against the city raised the amount to $828,723.77. This judgment includes the jury’s verdict for back pay plus front pay and prejudgment interest.


City Attorney Hinton said each party will be required to sign a settlement agreement, and the city will dismiss its appeal to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.


Attorney Janie Varnell of Davis and Hoss earlier said, “These officers have been waiting a long time for this. The fact that we have a final judgment in this case provides these veteran officers a sense of long-awaited closure.  While the city can certainly appeal, it is our hope and the hope of these officers that the city will do right by these officers and pay what is owed.”


It was contended that the city promised pay raises, but did not follow through on them.


Amounts awarded earlier included:


Scott Allison Bales $30,763


Susan Blaine $36,094


James Anthony Blanton $15,730


Wilma Jean Brooks $43,163


Jonathan Connor Bryant $34,705


John Chambers $16,958


Bryan Scott Churchwell $18,595


Anthony Easter $66,959


Robert Evans $37,907


Jeffrey Tremayne Gaines $26,069


Austin Garrett $29,052


James Phillip Headden $63,162


James Franklin Lee Holloway $14,041


Craig Joel $15,698


Kevin Duane Kincer $37,319


Robert Jason Lewis $23,643


Evander Elliott Lloyd Jr. $27,463


Tommy Gene Meeks $30,618


Christopher Keith Phillips $36,756


William Phillips $29,183


Jeffrey Dewitt Rearden $32,977


The estate of Todd Thomas Royval $30,125


Rebecca Sue Shelton $69,102


Doug Stone $15,714


Rodney Craig Thompson $46,917

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