SEVERE WX : Dense Fog Advisory View Alerts

Potential Lawsuit Against City of Ashland

The City of Ashland has received three claims against them surrounding the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission.

Posted: Jan 22, 2018 6:03 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 10:32 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The City of Ashland has received three claims against them surrounding the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission. One of those claims comes from the former Manager of the City of Ashland's Senior Center who claims she was wrongly dismissed from her position.

On August. 23, 2017, Ms. Christine (Chris) Dodson was removed from her position as the manager of the City of Ashland's Senior Center after holding the position for 10 years.

The news caught some people off guard and caused seniors in the community to question the commissioner's motives.

Sandra Sawyer has spoken on behalf of the seniors who rely on the Senior Center and she says that the Commission's Director, Michael Black came up with a long list of recommendations for re-doing the Senior Center and never talked to the director or staff before presenting it to the Parks and Recreation Commissioners.

According to Ms. Dodson's lawyer, the alleged reason for her dismissal was because of, "a need to reduce staff during a reorganization of the Senior Program, which puppurportedly involved numerous other changes such as moving the Program to the Grove and cutting back on the Program's operating hours and some of its functions."

The lawyer's statement found in the Notice of Tort Claim further states that after Ms. Dodson's purported layoff, the City reversed itself and did not fulfill any of the stated changes.

Michael Black, the Parks and Recreation Commissioner Director said, "In light of pending litigation, the City Attorney has directed me to refrain from commenting. There's a lot more to the situation than appears in the claimant's allegations and I look forward to the opportunity for the full story to be heard."

Ms. Dodson was layed off on August. 23, 2017. Since then, staff from the Parks and Recreation Commission have been filling in while the Ad Hoc Committee researches recommendations to restructure the Senior Center Program.

"The Ad Hoc Committee was picked by Parks and Recreation, the Commissioners, and then it was told, by the Director, you cannot rehire any of the old staff and you cannot go back to the way things were run originally; you must come up with new ways to do things. If you have a smooth running machine and it’s not broken why do you need to take it apart and try to fix it," said Sawyers when asked about the creation of the Ad Hoc Committee, "They plan, I believe, to hire a new director to be there full-time, doing a full-time job, and of course that’s where I raise the question, then what happens if the court says they will reinstate Ms. Dodson?"

The Ashland Parks and Recreation will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 22, 2018 and is expected to hear recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 132412

Reported Deaths: 1799
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28237458
Washington18512171
Marion16085238
Clackamas11577138
Lane8219108
Jackson686284
Umatilla670968
Deschutes490736
Yamhill316245
Malheur312452
Linn310246
Klamath242238
Polk241340
Josephine170633
Jefferson168725
Benton168414
Douglas166643
Union110416
Wasco106323
Columbia103318
Lincoln98517
Hood River94821
Coos93315
Morrow92710
Clatsop6695
Crook60410
Baker5665
Tillamook3622
Curry3185
Lake2295
Grant2131
Harney1734
Wallowa963
Gilliam481
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2955323

Reported Deaths: 33342
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles100392313741
San Bernardino2482851560
Riverside2352352517
San Diego2098972065
Orange2093652320
Santa Clara914661060
Kern83547558
Sacramento802791080
Fresno79950932
Alameda65679757
Ventura59061412
San Joaquin56484748
Contra Costa50627430
Stanislaus41925739
Tulare40176501
Monterey34959249
San Mateo31291294
San Francisco28574254
Imperial24944463
Solano24654105
Santa Barbara23538228
Merced23492296
Sonoma23204234
Kings18661110
Placer16761173
San Luis Obispo15129128
Madera12883130
Santa Cruz11776113
Marin11345153
Yolo10240131
Shasta9594117
Butte9233121
El Dorado751544
Sutter748477
Napa723139
Lassen509413
San Benito485043
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada309973
Mendocino307631
Amador295329
Lake243428
Humboldt226324
Glenn182419
Colusa16919
Calaveras153823
Siskiyou140813
Mono10834
Inyo92429
Del Norte8472
Plumas5735
Modoc3783
Mariposa3434
Trinity3024
Alpine730
Sierra700
Unassigned00
Medford
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 37°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
58° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 58°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 37°
Medford
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
29° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 29°
Mostly cloudy Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Medford School District Plans for the Future of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Image

Astronomers discover "Super Earth"

Image

Super Planet discovered in Milkway Galaxy

Image

OREGON REPORTS LARGE AMOUNT OF NEW CASES 1/16/21

Image

Oregon reports 41 new deaths, 1,173 cases, only 1 death away from 1,800 deaths

Image

5 SHOW

Image

GOV BROWN UPSET CLIP

Image

Saturday, January 16 evening weather

Image

MIDDAY 12/24/20

Image

Day After Capitol Riots