|Published: 8:51 PM, 05/31/2013
||Last updated: 8:52 PM, 05/31/2013
Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Former City Administrator Scott Collins, who was
fired in March, filed a lawsuit against the City of Newport asking for his job
The formal so-called Complaint lists Collins as the
plaintiff, and the City of Newport as the defendant. It was filed in Cocke
County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 28.
Attorney David H. Dunaway, of LaFollette, TN, filed the
lawsuit on Collins' behalf.
The 10-page legal document also includes several
questions for the City of Newport/Mayor Connie Ball to answer, called the
"first interrogatories", and an apparent copy of an employment
agreement renewing Collins' contract as city administrator that is signed by Mayor
Ball and Collins, and dated March 7, 2012, which is prior to Collins' sudden
If it is "impractical" for the city to return
Collins to his job, the Complaint seeks up to $750,000 in compensatory damages,
and up to $750,000 in punitive damages.
Collins was fired at the regularly scheduled board of
mayor and aldermen meeting held March 12, 2013.
The lawsuit claims that prior to his firing, Collins had
investigated possible, and alleged, claims that Alderwoman Kathy Holt was
illegally profiting from the sale of gasoline at her gas station/convenience
store to officers with the Newport Police Department.
For more details, please see the weekend edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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