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Posted on Aug 20, 2015

City settles lawsuit filed by police clerk

Staff report
The Quincy City Council on Tuesday authorized the mayor to sign a nearly $20,000 settlement agreement with police clerk Diana Gonzales.
Gonzales filed a lawsuit against the city and its police department earlier this year for not turning over in a timely fashion public records that she requested.
Under the terms of the settlement, the city will pay Gonzales $19,024. The settlement also releases all claims between Gonzales, the city and the Quincy Police Department.
Gonzales had requested all public records related to the investigation of Dan Dopps, a former police sergeant with the city. Dopps was forced to resign from the department in August 2014 after an investigation into allegations that he threatened Gonzales at work.
In March 2014, Gonzales had an argument with a detective. Dopps later walked behind Gonzales and allegedly made a remark about “snitches get stitches” while holding up a knife, the police clerk told investigators.
Gonzales’ lawsuit against the city and police department states that in September 2014 she submitted a public records request asking for “any and all records” pertaining to the internal investigation as well as all records and documents pertaining to any other internal investigation and administrative review of Dopps since his date of hire.
Gonzales made the request for the records in September 2014. However, she had received only a partial amount of records in May when she filed her complaint in Grant County Superior Court.
All the records that Gonzales requested have been turned over to her now, said Allan Galbraith, city attorney.