- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former Spokane police chief Frank Straub claiming he was wrongly fired.

Judge Thomas O. Rice ruled Wednesday that Straub’s departure from the city was a voluntary resignation, prohibiting him from seeking damages.

Straub sued Mayor David Condon and other administrators in February, contending his civil rights were violated when he was forced to resign in September.

The Spokesman-Review says (https://goo.gl/aZpnkT) in September, the city called a news conference in which the mayor announced Straub was resigning and officials distributed letters from department leaders alleging his poor leadership and harassment.

Straub argued he never had the chance to rebut those allegations before he was dismissed. His attorney, Mary Schultz, said they would appeal the ruling.

An attorney representing Spokane, Michael McMahon, says the city is pleased.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com


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