Former city manager Kent Cagle files lawsuit against city of Leander

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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.”

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  1. The hits just keep on coming!! I’m not impressed with the current leadership of this town any longer. I’ve tried to give them the benefit of the doubt but this city manager fiasco, and the library nonsense, and the Cap Metro near disaster have just worn me out. With the exception of one City Council member, this whole team just feels like they lurch from one bad decision to the next. I wonder how long it will take them to cause the next embarrassing moment.

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Marisa Charpentier
Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.
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