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March 26, 2014

Ex-Athens police officer says he was wrongly fired after reporting alleged corruption

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4. Plaintiff, Jason A. White (“Plaintiff” or “White”), is an adult resident of the state of Alabama and of this judicial district and division.

5. Defendant City of Athens (“Athens” or “the City”) is an Alabama municipality located and/or doing business within this judicial district and division.

6. Defendant William R. Marks (“Marks”) is the Mayor of the City of Athens, and is sued in both his official and individual capacities. Defendant Marks is an adult resident of the state of Alabama and of this judicial district and division.

7. Defendant Floyd Johnson (“Johnson” or “Chief Johnson”) is the Chief of the Athens Police Department, and is sued in both his official and individual capacities. Defendant Johnson is an adult resident of the state of Alabama and of this judicial district and division.

8. Defendant Tracy Harrison (“Harrison” or “Captain Harrison”) is an adult resident of the state of Alabama and of this judicial district and division.

Defendant Reed Wayne Harper (“Harper” or “Chief Harper”) is an adult resident of the state of Alabama and of this judicial district and division.

10. Defendant Trevor Harris (“Harris” or “Lt. Harris”) is an adult resident of the state of Alabama and of this judicial district and division.

STATEMENT OF FACTS

A. Plaintiff’s Employment History with the City of Athens

11. In April of 1999, Defendant City of Athens hired Plaintiff, Jason A. White, as a Police Officer I in the City of Athens Police Department (“Athens Police Department,” or “the Department”).

12. In January of 2005, Plaintiff was promoted to Police Officer II. His duties included service as a Field Training Officer and a relief supervisor.

13. Plaintiff was promoted to Sergeant in June of 2005.

14. As a Sergeant, Plaintiff supervised 10 officers, 3 dispatchers, and 19 reserve officers. Plaintiff also co-supervised the Department’s Honor Guard.

15. In 2006, Plaintiff was selected by the Limestone County Fraternal Order of Police as “Limestone County Officer of the Year.”

16. In October of 2006, Plaintiff received an award for “Outstanding Leadership” from the Department’s Reserve Unit.

17. In July of 2007, Plaintiff was transferred to the Department’s General Investigations division as a Detective Sergeant.

18. During his time in General Investigations, Plaintiff served as the Lead Investigator in more than 1,500 individual cases.

19. Plaintiff’s assignment as an investigator also put Plaintiff in a position to learn many unsavory secrets of both the Athens Police Department and its employees.

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