Former Monroeville chief sues for demotion, Sunshine Law violations

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The former police chief of Monroeville has filed a civil suit against the municipality, as well as the interim manager and four council members, who the suit says orchestrated his demotion.

Doug Cole, who has been demoted to sergeant, filed a suit against council members Diane Allison, Bernhard Erb, Lois Drumheller and Clarence Ramsey; interim manager Lynette McKinney; and the municipality claiming breach of contract, interference with contractual relations and violations of the Sunshine Act.

Sgt. Cole is seeking monetary damages from the municipality for a loss of salary and benefits; monetary damages from the council members and interim manager for contractual losses and punitive damages; and an award for legal fees and relief as the court sees fit.

The suit also asks that the court determine the legality of meetings the council members had, as well as his demotion.

Mayor Greg Erosenko said the legal fees of the five named in Sgt. Cole's suit will be covered by the municipality.

Mr. Erosenko said he is "absolutely in support" of Sgt. Cole's lawsuit and would like to see him assume at least the position of assistant chief.

"Doug should definitely be our chief of police. ... He's just a good cop." he said.

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