The city of Canandaigua was within its rights to terminate former Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette and followed due process in doing so, according to a decision dated Jan. 8 from United States District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Marentette in September 2017 filed a civil rights suit claiming his 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated when he was fired and his right to a fair hearing was violated. He had sought compensatory and punitive damages for the loss of reputation and back and future pay.
Because each of his causes of action have all been dismissed, requests for injunctive relief and punitive damages are dismissed as well, according to Wolford’s decision.
Although many of the charges against Marentette, which included alleged acts of misconduct and incompetence, were dismissed, three allegations of violations of the city’s procurement policy and one of insubordination were sustained by the hearing officer.