Former FPD officers continue to fight dismissal


Testimony continued downtown in the federal civil trial involving two former Fairbanks city police officers will claim they were improperly fired in 2008.
Former Lieutenant Doug Whorton and Officer Al Hutton are seeking compensation for lost wages and benefits as well as punitive damages.
They argue they were dismissed in retaliation for going to former Fairbanks City Mayor Terry Strle in 2008 to talk about workplace safety, union business and nepotism in the department.
Back in 2010, in an exclusive interview with News Center 11, Hutton said it was his hope that filing civil action could have been avoided.
Also taking the witness stand for the defendants were former Fairbanks Police Chief Dan Hoffman, and current Deputy Chief Brad Johnson.
Both were initially named in the lawsuit, but were dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline who is overseeing the trial.
Proceedings are expected to last at least two weeks at the Fairbanks Federal Building.