Hansen lawsuit settles
A former Eureka Police dispatcher who sued the city last year for harassment deposited a $200,000 check at a local Wells Fargo bank last week, according to sources.
The check was made out to Tawnie Hansen from Redwood Empire Municipal Insurance, otherwise known as REMIF, which is the city’s insurance provider.
The check was dated October 27, 2010, which just happens to be the same day the Eureka City Council held a special private session meeting shortly before Tuesday’s election. However, no resolution to the lawsuit was announced after the meeting or anytime since.
Hansen’s lawsuit alleged the city and it’s manager, David Tyson, purposefully diluted an investigation into Hansen’s complaints that she was being harassed by co-workers who accused her of having an affair with Police Chief Garr Nielsen. Both Hansen and Nielsen say it ain’t so.
Hansen settled an earlier suit against former co-worker Devora (Dee-Dee) Wilson who sent harassing emails and “gifts” to Hansen. Wilson is believed to have run the now defunct “Above the Law” blog where Eureka’s finest conducted themselves like petty schoolroom gossips. Wilson paid Hansen $10,000 to settle the case.
The court released City Manager Tyson from personal liability in January, but his actions (and in-actions) remained at the heart of the lawsuit.
And if Tyson’s antics cost the cash-strapped city unwinnable lawsuits — why the heck not? Looks like insurance is covering it.