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Fired police chief sues White Sulphur Springs

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Former White Sulphur Springs Police Chief James Hylton said the city violated his rights when it fired him.

The Register-Herald reported that Hylton sued the city this week in Greenbrier County Circuit Court.

Hylton's lawsuit claims he was fired in retaliation for opposing actions that violated the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

Mayor Thomas Taylor fired Hylton on Feb. 3 after he was reinstated to the mayor's office by a judge's order. Taylor had resigned Sept. 25, 2011, and then sought reinstatement, claiming he was pressured into resigning by Hylton and the city recorder.

Taylor told the newspaper he had no comment.

City Attorney Steven Hunter's office told the newspaper that he is recuperating from surgery and not available for comment.


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