Chief Greg Suhr sued by former police attorney over termination 

click to enlarge SFPD says lawsuit against Chief Greg Suhr is without merit. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SF EXAMINER
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  • SFPD says lawsuit against Chief Greg Suhr is without merit.

A former police attorney has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Chief Greg Suhr, claiming she was fired in retaliation for seeking disciplinary actions against him.

Kelly O’Haire, a former attorney responsible for investigating and prosecuting disciplinary cases against department employees, filed the lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday.

According to the lawsuit, O’Haire filed a motion for disciplinary action against Suhr in 2009 after he violated state law by initially failing to report a domestic violence call involving a friend, who was eventually charged with attempted murder for the incident.

In the lawsuit, O’Haire claims that an attorney for the San Francisco Police Officers Association told her that she was, “going to be sorry” if she pursued the case.

After serving a suspension for the incident, Suhr replaced George Gascon as police chief in April 2011. Less than a month later, O’Haire was laid off.

The former attorney is seeking compensatory damages from The City for lost wages and emotional distress, as well as reinstatement to her position.

The Police Department issued a statement late Wednesday saying the lawsuit is "without merit.”

"In order to close a budget shortfall, a reorganization of the department was completed resulting in excess of $1 million in savings. Several positions were eliminated, including that of Ms. O'Haire, as well as the reclassification of top command staff."

Bay City News contributed to this report

pgackle@sfexaminer.com

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