Banks, BANKS FIRE DISTRICT 13, COMMUNITY

Banks fire district, chief agree to pay $250,000 in lawsuit by fired employee

Chief Rodney Linz at the Banks Fire District headquarters in Banks. Photo: Chas Hundley

The Banks Fire District and Chief Rodney Linz agreed to pay a $250,000 sum after a former employee of Banks Fire District #13 sued the district last year, alleging that Banks Fire District Chief Rodney Linz and the district retaliated against her after she raised concerns over nepotism and violations of district policy with the elected officials on the board of directors that govern the district.

In a final judgement issued to settle the case Tuesday, September 7 by Chief United States District Judge Marco A. Hernández of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Linda Hedlund was awarded $115,001 to be paid by the district and Linz with another $135,000 to be paid out to Hedlund’s attorneys for the . . .

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