Monday, October 2, 2006
The town of Huntington, Arkansas (pop. 688), won the breach of contract case filed against it by its former police chief -- but lost the chief’s wrongful termination suit because it fired him in retaliation for bringing it.
After the Huntington Town Council decided to stop letting Chief Robert Mikles use a city vehicle for his personal use, Mikles sued. The Council fired Mikles. The Arkansas Court of Appeals held that refusing to let him use a city vehicle was not breach of Mikles’s contract, but that the Council acted improperly when it fired him in retaliation for the lawsuit.