Spring City settles wrongful termination suit
(KUTV) -- The small central Utah town Spring City has settled with its former city recorder and city treasurer.
Deborah Dahl and Melynda Haveron will receive $142,500. The pair sued the city in 2015 after they were fired for telling city leaders they were breaking the law in the way it was awarding road contracts, among other things, they said.
The lawsuit also alleged the mayor and others in city government conducted a smear campaign against the two employees after they were sacked.
In a statement to Get Gephardt, Spring City's mayor Jack Monnett wrote that the city chose to "settled without any admission of guilt," rather than put the city through "a lengthy court proceeding that would have proven burdensome for the city."
Haveron wrote of the settlement:
We are happy that we were exonerated of any wrongdoing, that the city and others were held accountable for violating the law and that we were able to restore our names in the community we live in.
The city's legal fees and the settlement are covered by the city's insurance policy. The city's insurance premiums are expected to go up due to the lawsuit.