Denison mayor, council member being sued for defamation

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DENISON, Iowa (KCAU) – Two Denison city employees are suing the mayor and a council member. 

Denison City Clerk Lisa Koch and City Manager Terence Crawford were two city employees who were suspended in December. They were placed on administrative leave during an investigation which looked into three issues. The first was the authorization of a payment for “prop-house for firefighter training. The next was Koch receiving an unauthorized raise, and the third was that Koch inappropriately gave her vacation time to the firefighter chief. The investigation found no wrongdoing and both were reinstated to their positions. 

The two are now suing Denison Mayor Jared Beymer and city council member Corey Curnyn for defamation against each of them and intentional infliction of severe emotional distress. 

Going back to February 2018, the suit said Beymer and Curnyn have “engaged in outrageous conduct towards Crawford and Koch” saying they never discussed issues before suddenly being suspended, and not telling them the reasons for the suspensions. The suit also said that the two repeated false statements or had “reckless disregard for the truth” and tried to make Koch and Crawford resign so they could replace them. 

The suit goes on to say that  Crawford and Koch suffered emotional distress as well as anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and seborrheic dermatitis caused by stress.

They are asking for full and fair compensation as well as punitive damages to deter such conduct. 

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