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April 16, 2014

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Police chief who couldn’t do pushups sues over firing

CARSON CITY — Thomas Navin, former chief of the Capitol Police Force, has filed a lawsuit alleging he was unjustly fired because he could not do the required pushups as part of a mandatory physical test.

He was on the job for a year and is asking for $15,000 plus other damages against the state Department of Public Safety and some of its officers.

The Capitol Police Force maintains security at the capitol, the governor’s mansion, the Supreme Court and other state buildings.

The complaint, filed in District Court this week, says Navin took the physical examination when he was hired in March 2012. He completed the jumping, running and sit-up tests, but he could only do eight of 23 required pushups.

He maintains he hurt his left shoulder during the exercise, a mishap certified as a worker’s compensation injury.

Police force rules say officers must pass the physical test within a year of being hired. The lawsuit says he was ordered to take a second test in February, but his shoulder was still injured. The suit said he was denied a six-month extension to pass the physical test.

Navin says he was “intimidated, belittled and humiliated” and that he was treated “with utter disregard.”

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