A former town police officer has filed a civil lawsuit against Rainelle, its mayor, recorder and council members, claiming he was not afforded due process when he was terminated from his position on the force.

Daniel Judy of Ronceverte asserts in the suit filed on April 16 that he was “informed by the news media” of his firing on or about July 1, 2007. He says he was never formally notified of the termination, nor was he afforded the opportunity for a hearing, violating his rights under police civil service laws.

The suit alleges the defendants were “arbitrary, capricious and politically motivated” when they circulated untrue and defamatory statements about the former officer.

Judy asks for unspecified compensation for economic damage, severe emotional distress and damage to his reputation. The lawsuit also requests the court assess punitive damages against the respondents.

J. Michael Anderson, the town’s attorney, said he had not yet seen the suit when contacted by telephone on Wednesday. He had no comment on the case.

Lewisburg lawyer E. Lavoyd Morgan represents Judy in the matter.

No hearing dates have been set in Greenbrier County Circuit Court.

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