Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2006

City of Basehor settles lawsuit with police officer

October 19, 2006

An out-of-court settlement of a Basehor police officer's lawsuit against the city has been reached.

The city decided during an Oct. 2 city council meeting to settle the case filed by Sgt. Martin Cigich for $10,000. Court documents were filed Oct. 5.

Cigich, who had been with the police department for 19 years and served as the interim police chief sued the city, claiming age discrimination when they hired police Chief Terry Horner in fall 2004. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Cigich also claimed the city of Basehor violated a state law that gives preference to veterans for certain positions.

An attempt to settle the lawsuit through mediation in March failed, and a trial had been scheduled to begin Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

The city maintains that it did not discriminate, but after reviewing the costs of a trial, decided it was in the best interest of the city to settle the case.

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