Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Velasquez wants $1 million in claim against city

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:38 PM

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Fired city finance director Terri Velasquez is on the warpath.

The law firm representing her, Frank and Finger, has filed a claim notifying the city of its intent to file a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages for wrongful termination. We wrote about Velasquez's claims here and here.

Velasquez claims that she was targeted for termination after exposing city financial misdeeds, such as the alleged misuse of grant funds for the U.S. Olympic Committee deal, an overpayment to now-city chief of staff Steve Cox, and alleged attempts to dodge the requirements of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights.

In the recently filed claim, Velasquez also alleges that Cox, and perhaps the mayor, did not like her because she is a "strong female." The claim also states that Cox lacked the City Charter authority to fire Velasquez, and that the mayor needed to do the deed himself.

According to the claim, Velasquez won't seek as much money if the city gives her her job back.

The city has yet to issue a response to the claims, which can be read here: Claim-Velasquez__amended-redacted_.pdf

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