Former deputy fire chief's lawsuit against Nampa moves to trial

A lawsuit filed against the City of Nampa by the city's former deputy fire chief is headed to trial.

NAMPA -- A lawsuit filed against the City of Nampa by the city's former deputy fire chief is headed to trial. This week a judge dismissed the city's attempts to have claims made by Doug Strosnider thrown out in a motion for summary judgment.

Strosnider sued the city after he says he was wrongly terminated from the fire department back in 2014. He claims he was fired after issuing a notice and orders, against the mayor’s wishes, to the owners of two apartment buildings in Nampa.

Strosnider said that Golden Glow Towers and Landmark Towers apartment buildings did not meet fire code. Shortly after issuing the notices, Strosnider says he was placed on leave,  then terminated.

The city was hoping a judge would throw out these claims in a motion for summary judgment.

“The city filed a motion that basically asked the judge to kick out of court all of Mr. Strosnider's claims and not let any of them go forward to a trial,” said Erika Birch, Strosnider’s attorney. “The judge denied that motion wholesale.”

This case will now go before a jury. No trial date has been set, but Birch said it will likely be set for the end of the year. Attorneys for the City of Nampa declined to comment other than to say they are busy preparing for litigation.

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