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