- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A lawsuit filed against the city of Parkersburg, its former mayor and the current police chief over the loss of longevity raises for police officers has been dismissed.

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1MG5Nq7) that in a ruling filed Friday, Judge Jeffrey Reed granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment, saying the elimination of longevity pay was done with proper notice and didn’t breach a contract because none existed.

The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the local Fraternal Order of Police and its president, Parkersburg officer Chris Morehead. It sought class-action status for the city’s police and said the defendants violated an agreement for the longevity pay as well as officers’ civil rights.

Longevity pay had been suspended for all city employees in the city’s 2011-2012 budget.

Morehead couldn’t be reached for comment.


Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), https://www.newsandsentinel.com

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