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City’s attorney named for federal lawsuit

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A Wyomissing attorney, who has worked with the city on union negotiations, has been brought into the mix in a federal lawsuit brought by a veteran police officer against the city.

Jill E. Nagy, of the Summers Nagy Law Office in Wyomissing, is representing defendants Mayor Derek Slaughter, former Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and the City of Williamsport, according to papers filed this week in U.S. Middle District Court.

Police Lt. Steven Helm claimed a civil rights violation after he allegedly was overlooked for promotions and retaliated against because he filed federal lawsuits against the city.

In the suit, Helm asserted that he was not given promotions because he filed claims. His attorney, Michael Zicolello, said these actions were done in a retaliatory way because of Helm’s years of experience and leadership roles.

In prior lawsuits against the city and their supervisors, Helm attempted to redress violations of Constitutional rights and said it was a motivating factor in “retaliatory acts of refusing to consider him for positions of assistant chief and/or captain.”

Helm was president of the police union, serving as its highest ranking union representative of the city police department.

Helm was not promoted to position of chief by Campana, and Helm, Lt. Fred Miller and Sgt. Jody Miller were passed over for the promotion of captain of the patrol division by Slaughter.

A jury trial has been demanded, according to court papers.

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