MILLINOCKET — The day after Town Manager John Davis was fired, his attorney announced a notice of claim saying Davis and the police chief are going to sue.
Bangor attorney Laurence Willey, who represents both Davis and Police Chief Craig Worster, filed the notice on Tuesday and issued a statement on Friday.
“The termination of Mr. Davis is clearly an improper retaliation against him by certain members of the town council for closing the independent investigation into Police Chief Craig Worster that was initiated by Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault,” it said.
Theriault filed an 85-page complaint in February claiming workplace harassment and has been on leave ever since. Davis dismissed the complaint last week and afterward, members of the police union asked the town council to step in.
“What has taken place is nothing more than a smear campaign against a very devoted civil servant, which ultimately succeeded,” Willey said.
The notice of claim, the first step in bringing a lawsuit, lists the town, Theriault, four town council members, four union members, the police union and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and two residents of town who supported Theriault by organizing gatherings, caravans and through social media posts.
The notice states, “The conduct of the above named individuals was done, and continues to be done, based on malicious intent and has been done purposefully so as to destroy these two individuals’ careers, personal lives, as well as future employment opportunities; the conduct of the above named individuals is simply put, egregious.”