Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Algood Insurance Carrier To Cover Settlement Costs

The City of Algood continues to deny any wrongdoing related to lawsuits filed by former police sergeant Dana Looper.

Keith Morrison is the Algood City Administrator.

“Miss Looper filed three different lawsuits and multiple EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Complaint) charges against the city. Chancery Court and the Court of Appeals ruled in the city’s favor,” Morrison said. “In her remaining two federal lawsuits the city and its officials vigorously deny any wrongdoing related to Miss Looper.”

Morrison said the city’s insurance carrier ultimately elected to settle the remaining claims out of court, allowing Looper to resign without any admission of wrongdoing by anyone.

Looper accused the city of sexual harassment, discrimination, first amendment claims and retaliation following her October 2015 termination. The accusations came while the police department was under the leadership of former Police Chief Gary Harris.

“We are glad this chapter is closed and are proud of our police department under the leadership of the new chief,” Morrison said.

Looper will receive $225,000 after Algood entered into an agreement Monday to settle the lawsuits out of court.

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