A Chandler officer who was fired only to be reinstated months later received a $380,438 jury award on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court for wrongful termination, said his attorney Tony Shaw of Prescott.
The trial for officer John Carboun lasted from Aug. 13 to Sept. 12. In the end, a jury decided that Chandler owes a majority of the money, with former police Chief Bobby Joe Harris being responsible for $50,000 and assistant city manager Pat McDermott owing $2,719.
Carboun, a former police union president, filed the lawsuit in 2003, maintaining that he was fired in 2002 in retaliation for writing a letter to the city manager about safety concerns in his department.
Calls to Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn and McDermott were not returned.
Paul Babeu, Chandler Law Enforcement Association president, said officers who serve with Carboun support him 100 percent.
“He was wrongfully silenced by Chief Harris, and a jury of our peers unanimously decided that he was wrongfully terminated,” Babeu said. “We’re very happy that he was successful in his civil suit against the City of Chandler and those who were involved.”