- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for a Conway police officer and firefighter are claiming that city funds were not appropriately allocated to employees of the police and fire departments.

Damon Reed of the Conway Fire Department and Richard Shumate of the Conway Police Department said they have not received money they were promised after a sales tax increase was approved in 2001 to generate more money for the city employee salaries. They duo alleges the city used the money for more than just improving salaries.

The Log Cabin Democrat (https://bit.ly/1PpFD9r ) reports a judge heard from both sides in the lawsuit on Wednesday. Judge Troy Brashwell said there were “significant legal issues in the case that needed to be answered” and that the Conway “police and firefighters who work really hard deserve an answer.”

Attorneys for the men say employees believed they would receive pay in accordance with a pay grid proposed by the city, but did not receive increased pay as expected, so a breach of contract case was sought against the city.

“The resolution doesn’t say (pay improvements) were for one year but also doesn’t say forever,” said Defense Attorney Justin Eichnana. He argued the pay grids did not hold the grounds or have all the elements of a contract.

Attorneys for the city said to understand if all employees were under the impression that they were working for pay improvements, it would be necessary to interview each employee separately.

Braswell said he will take time to review past class action lawsuits and information between the defense and plaintiffs, but said he should have a decision by early December.


Information from: Log Cabin Democrat, https://www.thecabin.net

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