Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Former Ketchum building official sues city

Dennis Keierleber claims wrongful discharge


By GREG MOORE
Express Staff Writer

Former Ketchum Building Official Dennis Keierleber has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging that he was illegally discharged from his post in November.

Filed on May 19, the suit contends that Mayor Randy Hall violated Idaho law when he terminated Keierleber without consulting the City Council. According to the suit, Hall stated in a letter to Keierleber dated Nov. 1 that the city had decided to partner with the Idaho Division of Building Safety to cover its building code program, and no longer needed his services.

The suit states that Keierleber had objected to City Administrator Gary Marks when the city ended its building inspector position in February 2009. It states that he told Marks that leaving the city without a building inspector violated Ketchum ordinance, and that he volunteered to be trained to do that job. The suit states that the city declined to do so, and contends that Keierleber's termination was the result of retaliation against him for raising objections.

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The suit seeks restitution of wages and benefits to cover the time since he was discharged, at an estimated value of $10,000 per month.

Keierleber was appointed to his job in August 2005.

His attorney is former Ketchum City Attorney Ben Worst. Worst worked for the city from April 2004 to July 2008.

Greg Moore: gmoore@mtexpress.com




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