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Former Lipscomb police chief sues mayor, council
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

TORAINE NORRIS News staff writer

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Former Lipscomb Police Chief Conlin Payne has sued Mayor Melanie Bouyer and the City

Council, claiming his firing earlier this month violated his contract and the state's open Driver's Side (/news meetings law. /birminghamnews/drivers.ssf) John Archibald The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Jefferson County by attorneys Kira Fonteneau and Eric Guster, (http://blog.al.com/archiblog/) asks a judge to invalidate any portion of the Lipscomb City Council's July 2 meeting that was • Alabama Public in violation of the state's open meetings law. Television should be neutral turf It also seeks any possible fines and sanctions against Bouyer and the councilmembers who (http://blog.al.com attended the meeting. The council, at a special called meeting on July 2, voted 4-2 in a closed /archiblog/2012/06 session to terminate Payne, Bouyer told The Birmingham News. Bouyer did not give a reason /alabama_public_television_shou.html) for the firing, nor disclose how councilmembers voted. 6:00 AM It is not about who is right. And it is not about The state open meetings law prohibits city councils from voting during closed sessions. who is left.
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"If Lipscomb violated the law, which it appears they have done, we intend to recover all remedies that the law will allow for our client," Guster said. "He has a family to take care of and they violated his rights." Lipscomb city attorney James Stewart said he had not received the lawsuit and could not comment. Bouyer was out of town and not available for comment, city officials said. In addition, the suit contends Payne signed a four-year contract with Lipscomb in August 2007. The contract prohibits the city from firing Payne unless the entire council votes to do so, his attorneys argue. Payne is awaiting trial on a child abuse charge, although Bouyer has said the pending case did not influence the firing. Payne has pleaded not guilty. E-mail: tnorris@bhamnews.com

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Former Lipscomb police chief sues mayor, council
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

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Former Lipscomb Police Chief Conlin Payne has sued Mayor Melanie Bouyer and the City Council, claiming his firing earlier this month violated his contract and the state's open meetings law. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Jefferson County by attorneys Kira Fonteneau and Eric Guster, asks a judge to invalidate any portion of the Lipscomb City Council's July 2 meeting that was in violation of the state's open meetings law. It also seeks any possible fines and sanctions against Bouyer and the councilmembers who attended the meeting. The council, at a special called meeting on July 2, voted 4-2 in a closed session to terminate Payne, Bouyer told The Birmingham News. Bouyer did not give a reason for the firing, nor disclose

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