Banks, Banks Fire District, Lawsuit

Lawsuit alleges Banks fire chief fired employee in retaliation over whistleblower activity

Chief Rodney Linz (right) checks on a volunteer firefighter that sustained minor injuries during a Feb. 1, 2020 training exercise in Gales Creek. Photo: Chas Hundley

A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Oregon on Thursday, September 3 alleges that longtime Banks Fire District 13 employee Linda Hedlund was fired by Banks Fire District Chief Rodney Linz in retaliation for raising concerns over nepotism and violations of district policy with the elected officials on the board of directors that govern the district.

Hedlund served as an executive assistant for the district for 24 years, according to a press release issued by the law firm representing Hedlund, Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan, LLP.

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