City to assist with costs of former police chief's defense
Following closed session Thursday, the Eureka City Council announced its approval of up to $75,000 in defense costs for former Eureka Police Chief David Douglas...
...The resolution passed by the council states that available information indicates Douglas was acting within the scope of his employment during the events that led to the indictment and acted in good faith without actual malice in apparent interests of the city.
“The decision was a difficult one to make,” Councilmember Jeff Leonard said.
It wasn’t the problem of stepping up to defend Douglas that made the decision difficult, he said, but a lack of available city funds in a case where defense fees could top more than $250,000.
“That’s the kind of rainy day that could deplete our general fund reserve,” Leonard said.
If costs approach the $75,000 limit before the case is resolved, the matter will return to the City Council for further consideration.
In addition to the appropriation of funds, a special fund is being established to aid in the payment of legal fees for Douglas’ defense. Donations can be sent to the city of Eureka.
“The city is definitely going to need some help on this one,” Councilmember Larry Glass said.
TS Ex-chief garners $75K for his defense 12/21/2007