Fired Rogers Employee Awarded $300,000, Will Return to Job

ROGERS -- An illegally fired Rogers city treasurer will return to work tomorrow after winning more than $300,000 from the city in a wrongful termination suit.    

In a meeting on Tuesday, the city council approved taking cash from the city's general fund, meaning the Rogers taxpayers will be paying for a costly mistake.

Mayor Greg Hines fired treasurer Jerry Hudlow in May of last year, under the advice of city attorney Ben Lipscomb. However, city ordinance says an appointed treasurer may only be fired with cause after a two-thirds city council vote.
Hudlow sued Hines and the city, and a jury awarded Hudlow $313,000 for lost wages, emotional distress and damage to Hudlow's reputation.  The city is also on the hook for taxes and Hudlow's attorney fees, bringing the total to more than $400-thousand.
The judge ordered Hudlow be reinstated to his former position and Tuesday night the city council also approved more than $140-thousand for Hudlow's salary and benefits in addition to the settlement payment.

Hudlow says he plans to return to work at 8am Thursday.

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