Brown passes chief’s test then sues Civil Service Board for legal fees

 Even though Reggie Brown has passed the examination to be chief of the Monroe Police Department, he filed suit on Tuesday, December 19th, to require the Monroe Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board to pay his legal fees.

Twelve of the 14 approved applicants passed the chief’s test. A score of 75 was required to pass, Brown scored 86. Two applicants didn’t take the test.

    To get there, Brown had to hire attorneys to plead his case because the Civil Service Board removed his name from the eligibility list, discussed his application behind closed doors and ultimately, after faced with the prospect of legal action, replaced his name in the pool of approved applicants.

    Brown’s attorneys say the law places the financial burden on governments, not citizens, when open meetings


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