COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $3.2 million judgment against the city of Coeur d'Alene for firing a police lieutenant.
Dan Dixon, a 17-year veteran of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, and his wife Heidi Dixon sued the city in 2009. They contended his firing that summer followed a string of frivolous complaints against him by a subordinate.
Dixon had been accused of falsifying his own time card and manipulating a subordinate’s officer's schedule. Investigators said Dixon failed a polygraph test and was demoted two ranks from lieutenant to patrol officer. Dixon said he complained to a captain about what he felt was harassment and the city did nothing.
City attorney Mike Gridley said he will review the decision and consult with outside legal counsel to consider what to do next.
The appeal was argued October 1 before a three-judge appeals court panel meeting at the University of Idaho in Moscow. The court upheld the jury verdict Thursday.