Former Ocean Shores Fire Chief David Bathke files federal lawsuit against city

  • Source: The Daily World
  • Published: 04/30/2019 06:39 PM

Recently fired Ocean Shores Fire Chief David Bathke has filed a federal lawsuit against the city contending his dismissal was a breach of contract and a violation of his right to due process. The lawsuit, dated April 23, also includes a demand by Bathke under his contract that arbitration be used over what he alleges was a breach of contract, but that the arbitration be stayed pending a decision on whether it is mandatory under the terms he was hired under. It asks for damages to be determined at trial, with an estimate that Bathke’s damages already exceed $1.4 million. Attorneys are LyLy Nguyen of Ocean Shores and Scott Wellman of Laguna Hills, CA. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court Western District of Washington.


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