GRIFFITH | Several town officials were named in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by former Police Chief Ronald Kottka over his ouster as Griffith's top cop.
filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Hammond alleging two counts of violation of due process under the 14th Amendment, one count of defamation and one count for declaratory relief.
is represented by Chicago civil rights and employment law attorney Christopher Cooper.
is seeking compensatory damages of $100,000 from the town and the same in punitive damages from each defendant.
is also seeking attorney fees and a hearing on why he
was demoted and essentially "forced into retirement," according to the lawsuit.
Ryfa previously said Kottka
was not legally entitled to a hearing on his demotion.
, who retired effective July 13 after 38 years on the Griffith police force, was demoted along with former Lt.
After the demotion, Kottka
experienced a hostile work environment, leading to his
retirement, according to the lawsuit.
says the defendants caused him financial losses, mental anguish and embarrassment.
More than 100 residents protested the ouster of Kottka
and Gulley at a Safety Board meeting in November, and a subsequent a Town Council
meeting also drew a standing-room only crowd.
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