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Judge tosses ex-Henderson police chief’s suit against city officials

Jan 11, 2019 |

By LVRJ

A federal judge on Thursday tossed out former Henderson police Chief Patrick Moers’ lawsuit against Mayor Debra March and other current and former city employees.

“This is the result that I expected and it’s the right result,” said former City Attorney Josh Reid, one of the defendants in the case.

Moers’ lawsuit, first filed in Clark County District Court in June, alleged March and others solicited false sexual misconduct claims, damaged his reputation and ultimately forced his resignation. He sought more than $50,000 in damages in the case, which was later filed in U.S. District Court.

“We are pleased that the court has dismissed matters brought forward by former employee Patrick Moers,” Henderson spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said in a statement. “We have always maintained that the allegations he made were without merit.”

Neither Moers nor his lawyer could be reached for comment.

Moers was forced out of his post as Henderson’s top law enforcement official in 2017 after an investigation substantiated claims of inappropriate conduct. Moers has denied claims of sexual harassment and has alleged that the outside law firm that investigated him was biased.

Former Deputy Chief Bobby Long, who did not file a lawsuit, was investigated for intimidating behavior and also was forced to leave during the same time. He has also claimed the investigation was one-sided.

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