Former Waverly City Administrator Doug Rix has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging officials there violated his contract when they fired him and that he's owed nearly $80,000 in lost wages and benefits.

Rix served the city for 18 years before Mayor Mike Werner announced his firing in September 2016, saying Waverly officials wanted to move in a "different direction."

In a lawsuit filed in Lancaster County District Court, Rix's attorney said his client's contract required 30 days' written notice if the city wanted to end his employment without cause.

That contract also required Waverly to pay Rix four months of his base salary, his lawyer said in the lawsuit.

City officials gave Rix no prior notice when they terminated his contract Sept. 14, 2016, the lawsuit said, and he has not received the more than $79,900 in back wages and benefits Rix believes he's due.

Waverly officials have not yet responded to the lawsuit in court.

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Waverly City Attorney Mark Fahleson declined to comment on the allegations Wednesday.

Last year, Waverly City Council President John Hestermann said the decision to fire Rix was part of a "longer-term, thought-out plan."

 

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