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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