On Friday, February 14, 2014, the Superior Court for the County of Alameda ruled in the City's favor, dismissing with prejudice former Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant's complaint against the City of Alameda. The trial court found for the City on all counts and awarded the City attorney's fees and costs.
In August 2011 Ms. Gallant sued the City alleging the City had wrongfully retaliated against her by terminating her employment as interim City Manager. Gallant claimed that certain actions of the City Council, and specifically statements made by Councilmember Lena Tam, indicated an improper purpose behind the decision not to renew her contract. The Court rejected that argument in total, finding the City acted completely within its authority.
“Gallant’s attack on my character cost me and the City money that could have been put to better use during tight budget times,” said Councilmember Lena Tam. “I am gratified that the court ruled her allegations were false and without merit, and that she needs to reimburse the City.”
“The City is completely vindicated in the actions we took,” said Mayor Marie Gilmore. "Not only does this decision end a difficult chapter in the City's history, but it enables the City to recoup its legal costs incurred in defending this meritless lawsuit."
“Let this be a reminder that we vigorously defend against all frivolous lawsuits; and that in all cases, we will go after our legal costs,” said City Attorney Janet Kern.