Former Valley Mills Staff Members Take Legal Action Against the City Under State Whistleblower Act

2 previous city of Valley Mills staff members submitted a claim declaring the city administrator took their deer feeders then fired them for reporting it to police.

City Administrator William Linn was served Friday and the city has 3 weeks to submit a response before the suit moves on, stated John Cullar, a lawyer with Cullar & McLeod LLP, of Waco.

Cullar submitted the claim in 414th State District Court on behalf of William Chrisman and Darrin Troxell declaring wrongful retaliation under the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Linn on Monday stated, “We’re unable to discuss that.”.

The duo was utilized with the city from late 2015 through July 26, 2017, and were the only 2 staff members in the public works department, Cullar stated.

On July 25 or 26, Chrisman and Troxell reported the supposed occurrence to local police, according to the fit. Linn, who understood the report, ended the 2 guys July 26, according to the suit.

Chrisman and Troxell had gotten consent to hunt on city-owned property and had each moved a deer feeder onto the property, Cullar stated. Linn took both deer feeders and would not return their property, Cullar stated. The 2 appealed the terminations and tired all relevant complaints or appeal treatments, the fit declares.

The deer feeders were returned after their terminations, Cullar stated.

When the city reacts to the claim, Cullar stated, they will continue with discovery.

The previous workers look for to recuperate real damages, lawyer’s charges, a settlement for lost incomes and advantages, taxable court expenses and pre- and post-judgment interest from the city and financial relief of more than $200,000 but no greater than $1 million, the fit declares.