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Three former O’Fallon employees to pursue legal action against city

Following the city of O’Fallon settling a discrimination and defamation lawsuit filed by Capt. Jeffery Gray and Maj. Kyle Kelley in January 2021, three other city employees came forward in March 2021 alleging discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment.

As of June 29, all three have filed complaints with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR). The individuals are no longer are employed by the city for varying reasons. 

O'Fallon City Hall
O’Fallon City Hall (File photo)

Lisa Salisbury was budget and procurement manager. Brian Hilke was a lieutenant in the O’Fallon Police Department. Edward Smith, spouse of council member Deanna Smith (Ward 1) was a sergeant in the O’Fallon Police Department. 

“The genesis of each lawsuit relates to the ongoing tactics of the city administration, care of City Administrator Michael Snowden, former Chief of Police Timothy Clothier, and newly-former Chief of Police Philip Dupuis, all of whom have specifically targeted my clients and others as a means to retaliate against them for their purported willingness to blow the whistle on illicit city activities in terms of discrimination,” attorney John Lynch said.

Lynch said the first of the lawsuits against the city will be filed in July.

As a matter of policy, the city does not comment on personnel matters or active litigation.

In the Kelley-Gray settlement, payments of $280,000 went to Kelley with $300,000 going to Gray. The city included no admission of liability or wrongdoing, and the settlement closed all prior matters between Gray, Kelley, the city and all of its officials and employees.

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