Former Fyffe Officers Sue For Wrongful Termination

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FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Two former police officers amended their lawsuit against the town of Fyffe and its mayor to include wrongful termination.

Mayor Katy Woodall fired officers Brian Warren and Anthony Majusiak by certified letter July 31, one day after an open hearing.

The officers denied all the allegations made against them, and their attorney, Jeff McCurdy, said in a written statement:

     "The charges do not relate to nor break any of the official policies and procedures of
     the Town of Fyffe but they are merely a personal attack by the Mayor with regard to
     relations solely between the officers Warren, Majusiak and the Mayor and not regarding
     their actual job performance."

The officers filed a lawsuit against Woodall July 11 which claimed the mayor was on a year-long campaign to discredit and cause the dismissal of the officers.

McCurdy said the officers feel the mayor was “intentionally harming their reputation as police officers within the community.”

Woodall put the officers on leave July 13, until the council made a final decision at a due process hearing.

The officers requested an open hearing, which dozens of people attended.

That meeting ended without a decision.

"The officers were not allowed to question the evidence against them or the accuser in this matter, which is the mayor herself," McCurdy said in the same statement.

"The meeting was adjourned without a vote by the council or without explanation as to why no evidence was presented or a vote being taken."

The officers received termination letters the next day, which the amended lawsuit claims was a violation of due process.

It reads, "the mayor had predetermined that she wanted the [officers] terminated before a hearing took place therefore denying the [officers] a fair and impartial Due Process Hearing."

Mayor Katy Woodall has not yet commented on the lawsuit or terminations.

The Fyffe town clerk told WHNT News 19 there are two full-time police officers and some part-time workers are filling in.

The clerk said the town is accepting applications for full-time police officers, but do not have a set date to fill those positions.

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