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Ex-town manager could face lawsuit

Ex-town manager could face lawsuit

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As anticipated, legal action could be pending in the ex-town manager's launch of a multi-month internal investigation of a top cop.

According to former Culpeper Town Manager Kim Alexander, the attorney of Culpeper Police Capt. Chris Settle last week posted a letter on her door indicating that if she did not contact him by Wednesday to work something out they would proceed with legal action.

"I am assuming he wants money, which I don't have and wouldn't give him if I did," Alexander said. "I have contacted the town and asked them to provide me with an attorney through the town's ... insurance carrier, since this is a result of my actions taken as a town manager."

Settle has declined comment in the matter while his Fairfax-based attorney John F. Carroll did not return repeated requests seeking information about the potential lawsuit against Alexander.

Culpeper Town Council fired Alexander last month largely because of her handling of an investigation she launched of Settle in September. The results of the multi-month investigation found no criminal wrongdoing on Settle's part, according to leaked results.

At worst, Settle - a Culpeper native and 15-year PD veteran - used his town-issued cell phone improperly.

The letter Alexander said she received last week from Settle's attorney stated town council "should have fired (me) sooner."

According to the former town manager, she received more than a dozen complaints about Settle from within and outside the PD. Alexander,  w ho served as Culpeper Town Manager for about 17 months , said she could not ignore the complaints.

As former manager in Dumfries, she initiated a similar police department shakeup and said Culpeper Town Council should not have been surprised when she did the same thing here.

On social media last week, Alexander posted, "P.S...guess who is getting sued. That would be me. With a grand total of $51 in my bank account, I am not quite sure what Culpeper Police Capt. Chris Settle hopes to accomplish against this unemployed single mother of a 4-year-old boy and 17-year-old foster son."

She further quoted Frank Serpico in saying, "The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It has never been and never will be. It exacts a toll on ourself, our families, our friends and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity." 

According to Culpeper Acting Town Manager Chris Hively, Alexander's claim for legal representation was filed with the town's insurance carrier.

"They are currently reviewing it to determine eligibility under the town's coverage," he said.

 

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