City Settles Lawsuit Brought By Police Over Pay Issue For $750,000

CHATTANOOGA, TN — City Attorney Wade Hinton said the city is settling a lawsuit brought by 25 high-ranking members of the Chattanooga Police Department over the issue of a promised pay raise for $750,000.

A Circuit Court jury in August 2016 awarded the officers $562,953 in back pay.

Chancellor Pam Fleenor in her final judgment against the city raised the amount to $828,723.77. This judgment includes the jury’s verdict for back pay plus front pay and prejudgment interest.

City Attorney Hinton said each party will be required to sign a settlement agreement, and the city will dismiss its appeal to the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Attorney Janie Varnell of Davis and Hoss earlier said, “These officers have been waiting a long time for this. The fact that we have a final judgment in this case provides these veteran officers a sense of long-awaited closure. While the city can certainly appeal, it is our hope and the hope of these officers that the city will do right by these officers and pay what is owed.”

It was contended that the city promised pay raises, but did not follow through on them.

From The Chattanoogan.