A lawsuit filed by a civilian fire department employee that accused Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens of assault has been settled for $5,000.
Brian Alcid, who served as a facilities maintenance supervisor, filed suit last October claiming that in December, 2013, Chief Janssens grabbed him by the neck and shook him during a heated discussion. Alcid sued Chief Janssens for $47,500.
The city investigated the incident and opted not to discipline Chief Janssens, although acknowledging that she did display “discourteous behavior”. The city also agreed to defend Chief Janssens and pay the $5,000 settlement because the suit arose out of work related activities. As part of the settlement, Chief Janssens agreed to write a letter of apology to Alcid for placing her hands on him.
Chief Janssens announced in January that she would be retiring this month. More on the story.