Former Blue Mound Police Chief Randy Baker is suing the city for wrongful termination, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Officials of the small town north of Fort Worth say Baker was fired for “flipping off” another city employee. Baker said he lost his job because he reported misuse of funds to the Texas Rangers, state comptroller’s office and the Tarrant County district attorney, the newspaper reported.
Baker, who served as chief from April 2017 until July, alleges in the suit filed Aug. 28 that his firing violated the Texas Whistleblower Act. In court documents, Baker alleges that former City Secretary Kathryn Nour moved Crime Control District funds to Blue Mound’s general fund although that money is supposed to be used specifically for the police department, the Star-Telegram reported.
Baker also alleged in his suit that Blue Mound Mayor Alan Hooks ordered police officers to write more tickets or face having their pay docked or being fired. Baker also claimed that Hooks hired a person who received Social Security disability benefits to trim trees, but the payments were made to the man’s wife so the income wouldn’t be reported to the federal government.
Hooks denied the allegations in the suit when questioned by the newspaper. “I didn’t retaliate against anybody,” he said of Baker’s firing.
Baker is seeking reinstatement of his job, back pay and damages of up to $1 million.