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Oakland City Council to vote on settlement for ousted OPD Chief

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City council members will vote to settle the allegations for $1.5 million, according to the city attorney's office.

The Oakland Police Commission voted 7-0 on Feb. 20, 2020, in favor of terminating Kirkpatrick without cause, a decision Schaaf affirmed. Kirkpatrick then filed a wrongful termination suit against the city. She alleged the city violated her rights to free speech and that she was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by commissioners.

In May, a jury sided with Kirkpatrick over the whistleblower claim but sided with the city over the free speech claim.

Kirkpatrick sought more than $3 million in damages. The jury awarded her $337,635, which she was entitled to as severance when she was fired. The balance of the $1.5 million will cover the former chief's litigation costs of about $250,000 and a portion of her attorney's fees.

In a resolution to be voted on Tuesday, the city will deny any wrongdoing and liability and will not admit to any of Kirkpatrick's allegations.

The city council authorized the settlement with Kirkpatrick in closed session on last Thursday. Council President Nikki Fortunato Bas, Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan and Councilmembers Noel Gallo, Treva Reid, and Loren Taylor voted in favor of the compromise.

Council Pro Tem Sheng Thao abstained, and Councilmembers Carroll Fife and Dan Kalb were excused.