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Former city manager files lawsuit against City of Chickasha

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CHICKASHA, Okla. – While city leaders in Chickasha are working to find a new city manager, they are also dealing with a lawsuit.

Last month, the Chickasha City Council voted to fire City Manager Alan Guard immediately.

It was decided that Chickasha Mayor Hank Ross would be the city manager until a replacement is found.

“It was a thoughtful but difficult decision for the City Council to proceed in this direction. The City Council appreciates Mr. Guard’s service to the City and the community while serving as City Manager and wishes him success in his future endeavors,” a statement from Mayor Ross read in October.

Less than a month later, Guard filed a lawsuit, suing the City of Chickasha for $10,000 or more, according to the Chickasha Express-Star.

The newspaper claims that court records in the case show that Guard claims the city violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act and the city’s charter. He also alleges that his First and 14th amendment rights were violated.

In the lawsuit, Guard claims that certain members of the city council should forfeit their office.