Fired City Manager Sues Henderson

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Henderson's fired former city manager has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the mayor and City Council members violated her due process rights when she was dismissed last month.

In a civil complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Mary Kay Peck seeks unspecified damages from the city, Mayor Jim Gibson and council members Jack Clark, Andy Hafen, Steve Kirk and Gerri Schroder.

The complaint alleges the mayor and council members met privately in March and conspired against Peck before voting unanimously to dismiss her April 14.

Peck claims she was denied an opportunity to respond to allegations that she fostered a "culture of fear" at City Hall, that she withheld information from the elected officials, and that she failed to appropriately address budget woes in Nevada's second-largest city.

A city spokeswoman said she couldn't comment on the lawsuit because she hadn't seen it.

Peck was Henderson's zoning and community development director before was promoted to become the city's first female city manager in October 2007.

The council was due to vote Tuesday whether to name Assistant City Manager Mark Calhoun as Peck's permanent replacement.

Calhoun has worked for the city for 26 years. He would be paid the same $225,000 annual salary that Peck received.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com


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