- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A husband and wife who are both former Newport Beach Police Department employees have settled their wrongful-termination lawsuits against the city for $500,000.

The Orange County Register says (https://bit.ly/18pQajq ) Christine Hougan, a former dispatcher, was expected to begin testifying at her trial when the settlement announcement came Monday. Trial for John Hougan, a former police sergeant, was set to begin in March.

City Manager Dave Kiff says the settlement was reached through the city’s insurance carriers. Kiff says the city was willing to pursue the case to a jury verdict.

Christine Hougan said she was fired in retaliation for her husband testifying against the department in an earlier wrongful-termination trial.

Officials maintained she was fired for using profanity in work emails and making disparaging comments about the police chief.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com


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