Lawyer stops the city from hiring a new Fort Worth police chief
A judge denied Fort Worth officials’ request for more time to prepare certain records before the attorney for fired Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald questions city employees.
The city had asked Associate Judge Monica Purdy and District Court Judge Gena Slaughter for more time producing documents before attorney Stephen Kennedy questions Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke, Assistant City Manager Jay Chapa and Manny Ramirez, president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association.
In an emergency appeal to the judge, the city said it would not have time to gather all the documents needed before the deposition. On Friday, Slaughter denied the city’s appeal and ordered the deposition take place within 10 days.
On Tuesday, a press release from the city said officials will be appealing the order, calling it an “unprecedented fishing expedition.”
“The City disagrees with the allegations as set forth by Mr. Fitzgerald, is fully prepared to defend itself against this lawsuit, and stands behind the decision to terminate Mr. Fitzgerald’s employment. The City continues to maintain that it acted appropriately and within the bounds of the law,” a press release said.