City of Sparks Lawsuit

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The city of Sparks is facing a newly-filed lawsuit by one of its employees.

Mary Stacy is suing Sparks, saying that she was mocked and demoted. According to the suit, Stacy was allegedly retaliated against for opposing a relationship between City Attorney Chet Adams, and then Deputy City Attorney Christi Kindel.

Stacy's lawyer Mark Mausert says he expects the case to go to trial, and has had to limit his remarks, so as not to influence the jury pool. But he says his client suffered, because she opposed favoritism allegedly shown toward Kindel, for having a relationship with Adams.

The lawsuit against Sparks also says the city already knew of another female who accused Adams of retaliatory hostility. The document says that woman allegedly refused to continue to have sex with Adams. And, it says, the city failed to take timely remedial action.

Monetary damages are being sought and the reinstatement of Stacy's former job.

A Sparks spokesman says he can't comment on pending litigation.

Stacy's attorney says he expects the case to be tried in one and a half to two years.

The City of Sparks may file a response to the lawsuit. KOLO Eight News will have continuing coverage.

Joe Harrington, KOLO 8 News