Janesville Police Settlement 22 Aug 12

A former police officer with the City of Janesville who claimed that she was illegally terminated has received a $400,000 settlement. Betty Price will receive the settlement from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, as well as an additional $5,000 from the city as reimbursement for personal property. In a prepared statement, the City of Janesville did not admit liability, and stated it settled the matter to avoid the uncertainty and expense of litigation. The city eliminated Price’s position after cutting $80,000 from the police budget. She claimed the city cited “disciplinary issues” in her removal, which the city denies. The lawsuit also claimed that Janesville’s former mayor, Al Grams, defamed Price during a public meeting by saying he’d “sure like to cut Betty…she’s a pain in the….” Grams later said that those words were spurred by townspeople’s complaints about how Price dealt with the public. She is no longer working in law enforcement, and no longer lives in the area.