Casper Councilman Craig Hedquist Sues City Manager, City

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Casper, WY -- Casper Councilman Craig Hedquist is suing City Manager John Patterson and the City of Casper.

In documents filed in district court Thursday afternoon, Hedquist and Janel Moore, who ran for office at the same time as Hedquist, accuse Patterson of conspiring to remove Hedquist from office, and even trying to prevent him from getting there in the first place.

Hedquist claims city staff, under Patterson's direction, prodded him into the heated exchange that was secretly recorded, which he says gave Patterson the ammunition he needed.

The plaintiffs also claim the contested case hearing process through which the City seeks to remove Councilman Hedquist from office is illegal and unconstitutional. The City has in the past disagreed, saying it is common law for a body to be able to remove one of its own for misconduct.

Just this Tuesday, Patterson told News 13 he certainly didn't have a personal vendetta against Councilman Hedquist, but rather was following orders from the eight other council members who have approved this course of action.

Hedquist attorney John Robinson says the case speaks for itself, and the team believes this is an important case for Casper and Wyoming.

The lawsuit asks the court to declare the City does not have authority to conduct the contested case hearing, and requests an injunction against the proceedings, as well as compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and punitive damages against Patterson specifically.