Former Greenwood Police Chief Sues Mayor, City
September 13, 2013
By Stephen Wagner
Former Chief of Police Robert Leslie has filed a civil action against Greenwood Mayor Marvin Megee and the City of Greenwood. The Petition alleges violations under the Missouri Human Rights Act, RSMo. 213.010.
The former Chief was an officer with the Greenwood Police Department for almost 10 years and alleges the following:
1. Age discrimination
2. Disability discrimination
3. Retaliation for his testimony in another civil case
4. Wrongful termination in violation of public policy
The former Chief states in his petition that he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This was the result of on the job work investigating crimes against persons and including but not limited to sex crimes. During the period of time of this complaint Mr. Leslie was over 40 years old. Mr. Leslie states that the Mayor and the Board of Alderman knew that he had PTSD before he was terminated, yet they failed to accommodate him.
Mr. Leslie alleges in count one that Mayor Megee made comments targeting employees over age 40, specifically: "…should have been gotten rid of you old employees long ago." The second count relates specifically to his suffering PTSD but does not mention specifically what accommodations were denied him, nor is it required to.
The third count alleges that Mr. Leslie was retaliated against for testifying in a separate civil case. Leslie states that he simply told the truth and was assisting another employee enforce his protected rights. Count four is by far the most difficult and damning.
The Missouri Highway Patrol conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Greenwood City government. Mr. Leslie states in count four that the Highway Patrol requested his assistance while performing their investigation, and that he cooperated fully with the MHP fulfilling Missouri public policy that law enforcement units cooperate with each other.
Mr. Leslie states that Megee demanded that Leslie divulge all the information provided to the MHP, which Leslie refused to do. Leslie states that his vacation time and sick time were cut as well as other benefits immediately after his refusal to comply with the Mayor’s demand.
Mr. Leslie is represented by Joseph M. Backer of Independence.
Mayor Megee was contacted for a comment and declined as neither he nor the City had been served.
With regard to the Missouri Highway Patrol investigation, the investigators referred in excess of 100 separate questionable acts, many committed by the Mayor, to the Jackson County Prosecutors Office. Currently, the county prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker, has declined to prosecute any portions of the investigation.
View the Complete petition