Thursday, January 5, 2012
The city denies Sally Deitrick's allegations against the city and the mayor, arguing that the lawsuit was designed to "embarrass and harass the mayor and the city without any basis in law."
Attorneys for Solon were in court last week to defend the city and Mayor Susan Drucker against a wrongful firing lawsuit filed by the mayor's former secretary. Attached to this post is the motion to dismiss and their counter to Deitrick's original lawsuit, which were filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Dec. 28. Representing the city is Nancy Barnes from Thompson Hine, which was hired by the city to handle the case, and Law Director Thomas Lobe.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
This story happened late in the year, but it's garnered tons of attention on the site.
Editor's Note: Between Dec. 27 and New Year's Eve, Solon Patch will count down the top five stories of 2011. We compiled this list in two ways: Feedback from our users and our own editorial judgment. Want to comment on our choices? Head down to the comments section! Top Stories of the Year, No. 3: Deitrick Lawsuit Our No. 3 story of the year comes straight out of City Hall. When city council called a special meeting early on Dec. 8, city officials revealed a doozy of a story: Mayor Susan Drucker's former secretary Sally Deitrick was suing her and the city for wrongful termination. The mayor says that Deitrick was fired for poor performance and being untrustworthy. Deitrick alleges that Drucker was out to get the city's older employees, and…
Friday, December 9, 2011
Solon City Council decided to hire Thompson Hine to handle Sally Deitrick's wrongful termination lawsuit against the city and Mayor Susan Drucker.
Solon Vice Mayor Ed Kraus said the city decided to hire an outside law firm to handle a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city because of potential conflicts of interest and the firm's expertise in dealing with these kinds of cases. It's unclear how much the city is going to be paying Thompson Hine, a national law firm with an office in Cleveland, to handle the case. City officials said payment deals were still being worked out. But Kraus, who represents Ward 6 and is an attorney himself, said the city had good reasons to bring in outside legal help rather than rely on the city's Law Director Tom Lobe. "Sometimes when it involves an internal employee situation and matter, sometimes it's best to hire outside because of any potential …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Sally Deitrick, a secretary in the mayor's office until her termination earlier this year, has filed a lawsuit against the city and Mayor Susan Drucker.
A former secretary in the mayor's office has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Solon and Mayor Susan Drucker. And the city is defending itself by hiring an outside national law firm to handle the case. Sally Deitrick, who worked in the mayor's office, was fired on May 20 for poor job performance, according to her termination letter. She filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Oct. 24 seeking $250,000 in damages, according to court records. Deitrick had worked for the previous mayor Kevin Patton. She was hired by Patton on Dec. 1, 1997. In her letter, Drucker says that the position of mayor's secretary is an "at will" position that serves at the pleasure of the mayor. At the end of her employment with the city, …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Solon City Council will consider an agreement with the law firm Thompson Hine during a special meeting on Thursday.
Solon City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 7:15 a.m. Thursday at City Hall to consider an agreement with the law firm Thompson Hine. The details of the proposed agreement and why the city would be hiring a law firm are not known right now. Ward 7 Councilman Bill Russo said the matter is related to an ongoing "pending litigation" item that council members have been discussing during executive session. Thompson Hine is a national law firm with an office in Cleveland that provides a wide array of legal services. Solon Patch will provide more information as soon as we get it, and we'll be there to cover Thursday's meeting.