Friday, August 2, 2013

Sun Valley pays Daggett not to sue

Former police chief settles for $11.6K


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

City of Sun Valley financial records show that former Police Chief Cameron Daggett was paid $11,668 when he officially retired on July 9.
    “I gave up my rights to sue them for anything they’d done to me,” Daggett said in an interview Wednesday to explain the settlement. “I just wanted to be done with it.”
    In a three-page settlement agreement, Daggett also agreed that he could not work again for the city of Sun Valley.
    “The money they gave me was to sign that agreement to give up certain rights,” he said.
    Daggett served as Sun Valley police chief for 26 years before retiring. He had not been on active duty for about six months, having undergone open-heart surgery in January.
    Daggett earlier told the Idaho Mountain Express that he was forced into retirement by Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe. Briscoe has denied the accusation.
    Daggett is currently living in Eagle with his wife, Joan Truxal, a hospital radiologist.
    In an interview earlier this month, Daggett said he would not want to return to work at Sun Valley City Hall. In the last year, the city has endured the fallout from an audit that alleged misconduct by several employees in previous years. Some of the allegations have led to civil lawsuits.
    “With the situation going on at City Hall, I would be going right back into a greater pressure cooker of stress,” Daggett said. “So having this heart condition made me realize my priorities. I’m going into a different phase of my life where I don’t have to deal with political issues.”




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