OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – William Traine, who was dismissed as Olmsted Falls Police Chief in February, has filed a lawsuit against the city seeking his former job and damages. Traine was appointed to the position as an interim Police Chief in March 2016. “This lawsuit is a result of a wrongful termination of Chief Traine,” said Attorney Craig Bashein, who is representing Traine. “He was the permanent Chief of Police for Olmsted Falls that received written confirmation of that from the outside law firm representing the city, from the Law Director and also from the Mayor. “As a result, he was protected under the Olmsted Falls Civil Service rules and regulations, which would only allow the city to terminate Chief Traine for cause. He was not terminated for cause. The new Mayor came in, and as a result he was let go without cause. That’s a wrongful termination. He was then replaced in his position by a less qualified and younger candidate.” The opinion Bashein referenced came from labor employment firm Littler Mendelson P.C. and was used by former Olmsted Falls Law Director Greg Sponseller and former Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Marie Donegan to determine Traine was Police Chief. As… Read full this story
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