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Retired firefighter sues Newport Beach

A retired Newport Beach firefighter is suing the city for discrimination and retaliation.

June 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A retired Newport Beach firefighter is suing the city for discrimination and retaliation.

Former Division Chief Paul Matheis retired in January after 30 years as a firefighter.

Last year, Newport Beach officials launched an investigation after Matheis racked up $26,000 in unpaid toll charges while driving a city-owned SUV.

Matheis is now suing for unspecified damages, claiming the city was aware of, and authorized, his use of the SUV and his non-payment of the tolls.

He also says the city violated his procedural rights when it suspended him and demoted him to captain.


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