Jury Selection Begins This Week in Wrongful Termination Suit From Ex-McCall Police Chief

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It has been two years since Jerry Summers was fired from his post as McCall Police Chief. Shortly after his 2013 dismissal, Summers sued the city, claiming he was illegally fired as "retaliation" by City Manager Gene Drabinski. Summers claimed that he discovered Drabinski was in possession of an Idaho's driver's license at the same time his Massachusetts license was under revocation. Former Valley County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Williams said Summers repeatedly warned Drabinski that he was in violation of the law.

"It's an ugly situation," MCall City Councilman Nic Swanson said in April 2013. "We're between a rock and a hard place."

Earlier this year, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge tossed out most of Summers' claims, but kept alive two charges: that Drabinski was allegedly hostile toward Summers and that the distrust between the two dated back to when Drabinski was the city's interim city manager and a prime candidate to take over the job full-time. Lodge urged the two sides to work things out, but that hasn't happened and this week's McCall Star-News reports that Summers is now heading to a U.S. District courtroom in Boise where jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 7. Summers is looking for his old job back, plus back pay and some unspecified damages.

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