Editor’s note: This article was updated Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. with more information about the lawsuit and a response from Kent Cagle.
Former Leander City Manager Kent Cagle filed a lawsuit against the city of Leander Aug. 9, according to Travis County court documents.
The lawsuit states Cagle is seeking more than $1 million, claiming the city breached his employment contract and participated in unlawful retaliation, violating the Texas Whistleblower Act.
The lawsuit states the city failed to pay Cagle the severance required under his contract. It also states Cagle “reported in good faith to an appropriate law enforcement agency a violation of law by an elected official of the city” and Cagle’s employment was subsequently terminated.
Cagle was fired in a vote of 6-1 by Leander City Council May 20.
Cagle did not wish to comment on the lawsuit, but confirmed he and his attorneys have a mediation scheduled with the city Sept. 3.
In response to the lawsuit, the city released the following statement: “The city denies any wrongdoing in the handling of Mr. Cagle’s employment and the related claims in his lawsuit. While we cannot comment on specific personnel issues or ongoing litigation, the city carefully considered the decision to separate Mr. Cagle-it was based on employment-related factors and not retaliatory in any way.”