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Collins files lawsuit: Former administrator seeks reinstatement or damages

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 back.

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 termination.

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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