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Southwest Michigan police chief files lawsuit

By By Denise Bohn (dbohn@wsbt.com)
Published On: May 02 2014 11:05:47 AM CDT
Updated On: May 03 2014 04:06:32 AM CDT

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An embattled police chief has filed a lawsuit against Oronoko-Township and it's supervisor.

Milt Agay, 51, has been off the job on medical leave since February.

The 30-page suit filed last night in US District Court says that Agay has been retaliated against for opposing unlawful actions in the township.

In February, the township hired a consultant do conduct an assessment of the police department. The lawsuit also names the consultant, Peter Letzmann, a licensed attorney who specializes in consulting services to governmental entities.

WSBT has learned a special closed door session is scheduled for noon Monday to discuss attorney-client issues.

Agay is seeking an unspecified amount in damages. His wife, Michelle, is also a party to the suit.

In the lawsuit, Agay claims the township supervisor created a "hostile work environment" for plaintiff by interfering with his hiring process of police officers in order to diversify the department.

Oronoko Township officials were unaware of the lawsuit when we reached out to them for comment.

Agay started in April, 2000 has a part-time officer with Oronoko Township, became full-time in May of the same year and then was hired as Police Chief in 2007.

Agay's attorney says he has been assessed by a doctor and is not allowed to return to work at the department due to health concerns.


Oronoko Twp. Supervisor Mike Hildebrand issued the following statement to WSBT:

We were able to review the document online and are turning the matter over to the attorneys to handle.  I am confident that the Township, our attorney, and I have acted appropriately, that there has been no wrongdoing on our part, and we will be vindicated once this matter is settled in court.