A former police lieutenant in Sandy Springs, fired two months ago because she says she is female and gay, is fighting her dismissal.
Trudi Vaughn, 40, worked for the police department since 2006 before a 14-year stint with the Fulton County Police Department. She was fired in July after an investigation alleged she failed to poperly supervise officers at a training session and directed officers who were on-duty to fill part-time jobs, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Vaughn says her firing is politically motivated and wants a committee of city employees to hear her challenge to the dismissal. Her attorney called the hearing, which started last week, “a sham.”
The grievance hearing, closed to the public, started with opening statements last week from Vaughan and her attorney, Edwin Marger.
Marger and Vaughan were not allowed to listen to testimony from other police employees. Citing that, Marger called the process “a sham.”
Vaughan doesn’t expect vindication.
“It’s definitely not set up for a fair hearing,” she said Tuesday. “I don’t get to face my accuser. I can’t cross-examine any witnesses. Where is the due process?”
Vaughn said in July that she was fired over her gender and sexual orientation.
“Other white, heterosexual males have done the same things I’ve done,” she said. “None of them have been disciplined. None of them have been fired.”
City Attorney Wendell Willard dismissed her allegations. “As far as her lifestyle, that had nothing to do with the disciplinary action imposed,” he said. “It was known of her lifestyle when she was employed by the city.”
Acting Chief of Police David Bertrand fired Vaughan July 16 after concluding she had “displayed a disregard” for city rules and regulations.