The wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former City Manager Jan Blase, filed earlier in Newton County Circuit Court has been removed to federal court.
The action, ironically, takes place on the same day that publicity is circulating about the Neosho City Council's decision Thursday night to let two dozen firemen and two dozen policemen go to cover an expected $1.2 million shortfall, a shortfall that city officials have pretty much blamed on Blase's alleged mismanagement of city funds.
The Newton County prosecuting attorney also believes Blase misused funds since the former city manager faces a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.
In the lawsuit, Blase claims the City Council did not follow proper procedures when it voted to fire him in February. Because of the council's action, Blase says, he has "lost wages and has suffered great emotional distress and physical pain and suffering. His reputation in the community has been severely damaged."
I would guess that his reputation was not damaged as much by the firing as it was by his own quote that his actions may have been the result of mold spores at City Hall.