Mark Armendariz, who was fired in July for reasons city officials have declined to divulge, is seeking damages, which he alleges exceed $10,000, according to the 16-page claim.
LaChasse declined to comment and said he had not yet read the claim. City Atty. Amy Albano could not be reached for comment.
Armendariz also alleged that the department adopted policies forbidding him, and others, from engaging in politics.
The former officer’s attorney contended that city officials had no legitimate reason to fire him.
“He was a good officer for the department,” said Armendariz’s attorney, Christopher Brizzolara. “I look forward to the city of Burbank explaining what the reasons were.”
Armendariz had a history of being critical of changes being made to the police department, which in recent years had been beset by allegations of excessive force and discrimination.
In April 2011, Armendariz filed the grievance with LaChasse, contending reorganization of the patrol and investigative divisions at the time reduced staffing levels to the point of affecting officer response times and causing distress among employees.
And when LaChasse was appointed as the city’s permanent police chief last April, the former union leader said it was “disappointing” that city officials abandoned the police chief recruitment process that they had started the year before.
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