- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A lawsuit filed by the former director of the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management against the city of Columbia and several city officials has been dismissed.

Zim Schwartze, who was the emergency management director after serving as a Columbia police captain, filed the lawsuit claiming she was fired and denied due process in 2012 as retribution for criticizing police chief Ken Burton in statement to an outside consultant. The city has claimed Schwartze was removed from her position because of budget cuts.

The Columbia Daily Tribune (https://bit.ly/2eRYZ9D ) reports that a settlement between the parties may be close and a judge dismissed the case Thursday.

Schwartze’s legal team said in a filing Thursday that Schwartze would voluntarily dismiss case as a settlement is being finalized.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com


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