Editor's Note: This story has been up dated with a response from Kent Cagle and the City of Leander.
Former Leander City Manager Kent Cagle has filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired in retaliation for reporting another official to law enforcement.
Cagle declined to comment on the litigation. He said they have a mediation with the City set for Sept. 3.
The lawsuit filed Aug. 9 in Travis County District Court is seeking more than $1 million and citing breach of contract and unlawful retaliation under the Texas Whistleblower Act.
In the lawsuit, Cagle states the city has failed to pay him the one-years worth of severance owed him under his city contract's severance agreement. It also alleges he "reported in good faith a violation of law by a City official to appropriate law enforcement authorities," but it does not list the official nor the allegations.
He is also seeking several other costs in the lawsuit, including payment to cover contractual damages, attorneys’ fees and court costs.
The lawsuit is also seeking to have a judge issue a declaration that the city violated Cagle’s rights under Texas code and “engaged in unlawful employment discrimination, and considered an illegal factor in terminating Plaintiff’s employment.”
In a written response to the Hill Country News about the allegations, Leander Public Information Office Mike Neu shared the following statement:
"The city denies any wrongdoing in the handling of Mr. Cagle’s employment and the related claims in his lawsuit. While we cannot comment on specific personnel issues or ongoing litigation, the city carefully considered the decision to separate Mr. Cagle — it was based on employment-related factors and not retaliatory in any way."
The Leander City Council voted on May 20 to terminate Cagle. The cause of the termination was unclear at the time and neither the city nor the city council has given an explanation, though Hill posted on social media that the "Council felt we needed a new direction."
That post has since been deleted.
Gordon Pierce is currently serving as Interim City Manager during the transition period.
Hill Country News will update this story as more information becomes available.