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Tampa police captain forced to resign could get $350,000

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
TAMPA -

Five years after filing a lawsuit against the city, former police captain Marion Serious Lewis is one step away from settling his complaint for $350,000.

Lewis sued the city in 2007 after he announced he was running for mayor and the city forced him to resign his $100,000-a-year job. The city council is scheduled to vote Thursday whether to accept the $350,000 settlement agreement.

The city claimed state law requires people to resign their jobs if the people they are running against have the authority to "appoint, employ, (or) promote" them. At the time, he was running against incumbent and former Mayor Pam Iorio.

In Hillsborough County Circuit Court, a judge ruled in Lewis's favor. The city appealed and the appellate court ruled in the city's favor.

Lewis's attorney, Thomas M. Gonzalez, coldn't be reached for comment. The city put out a statement late Friday: "This was a case that predated Mayor Buckhorn's administration. We had conflicting decisions from various courts. Mayor Buckhorn wanted to resolve the case, and put it behind us."

According to the terms of the settlement, the city wouldn't have to admit liability or wrongdoing.


jpatino@tampatrib.com (813) 259-7659

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