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Boulder City Police chief says his firing was retaliatory

Updated Monday, April 15, 2013 | 5 p.m.

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Thomas Finn

Boulder City Police Chief Thomas Finn alleged his firing Monday was an act of retaliation by the city’s management and council.

In a statement, Finn said he was given the opportunity to resign his position by City Manager David Fraser on Monday morning after returning to work from three months of medical leave.

When he declined, Finn said, he was fired.

Finn said in an interview that no reason for his termination was given but he suspected he was being targeted after months of challenging Boulder City leaders.

Over the last year, Finn has filed several complaints with the district attorney and the Nevada Commission on Ethics alleging questionable behavior by Boulder City leaders, including city council member Cam Walker, City Attorney Dave Olsen and City Manager David Fraser.

In a federal complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month, Finn, a Catholic, further alleges he was the target of religious discrimination by city leaders, many of whom are Mormon, because he did not share their faith.

Finn, who served as chief since 2006, was an at-will employee and did not have a contract with the city.

The city confirmed Finn's firing in a statement, but declined further comment.

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  3. What if Finn was actually uncovering some seedy things in the government up there?

    And anyone commenting on someone taking medical leave....give it a rest, people take medical leave for a number of reasons, all of which have to be medically proven with doctors notes etc, and those medical reasons are then covered an protected by Hipaa laws.

    If the man was employed since 2006, I think it strange that all of a sudden he would be asked to leave, no reason given. I think there should be an investigation. It's very uncommon to fire people who are in offices like his for long terms.

  4. Wow my comment was inappropiate? Not true, what it was is the truth. But the moderator must be LDS to not want others to read it and that is how they control everything , thank you moderator you proved my point. There was no foul language or personal attacks on any individual just a broad statement that has obviously got to your conscience.

  5. Isn't it odd that this story was quickly removed from the list under most read or e mailed. Nice control moderator, good for you.

  6. Good riddance. The Pope has no say in Boulder City !!!!