- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A former general manager of Montana ExpoPark has filed a lawsuit to regain her job, arguing that Cascade County commissioners violated open meeting laws and their own policies in firing her.

The suit was filed Friday by Lisa Bracco, the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1mANVfw ) reported. It alleges that county commissioners met twice without providing her or the public notice of the meetings, depriving her of an opportunity to respond to allegations.

The lawsuit says commissioners met sometime before April 30, after which a “due process letter” was sent to Bracco. Commissioners met again on May 19 and she was fired.

If Bracco had known about the meetings, she would have attended, heard the statements against her, and made any appropriate statements herself, the lawsuit said.

The suit also says her termination didn’t meet any of 10 specific items that were added to the county operations manual in February.

Bracco was placed on paid leave on March 8 and fired on May 19. Officials have not said why, but Great Falls police were asked to investigate financial matters at Montana ExpoPark, an events and entertainment venue in Great Falls.

County officials have not commented on the investigation or whether it is related to Bracco’s dismissal. County Attorney John Parker was not immediately available Tuesday to comment to The Associated Press.

Bracco also is seeking an injunction to prevent the county from releasing private personnel files.

The lawsuit asks the county to void Bracco’s termination and issue an order directing any future actions to follow a process that allows meaningful participation, including proper notice, the newspaper reported.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com