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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

July, 2005

 

Alvillar-Fairfax Dispute "Resolved"

The widow of Officer Ric Alvillar has settled her Workers' Comp claim and Federal civil rights lawsuit against the Town of Fairfax.
Although Terri Alvillar cannot say what the terms of the settlement are, she can say what they are NOT.
The settlement does not involve any payment of monies by the Town to Ric's family.
The settlement does not resolve the alleged misconduct of Fairfax Police Chief Ken Hughes, Sgt. James Providenza, or Sgt. Dan Johnston.
The settlement does not address the allegation that Officer Alvillar was stressed to death by his own department over how he reported an $85 broken tail light lens outside Town limits, a report which was never forwarded by Hughes or Providenza to the agency having jurisdiction, the California Highway Patrol.
Two major causes of action had survived two motions to dismiss by the Town in the Federal civil rights case; hostile work environment, and retaliation for the exercise of 1st amendment rights. However, proceeding with the case could have jeopardized the state benefits due Ric's minor son.
A court ruling was not necessary to establish Ric's integrity but it would have served as a punishment to those responsible for oppressing him, and a deterrent to his former superiors who remain "in good standing" as if nothing ever happened.
Ric's big heart and caring for the people of Fairfax over 22 years has left an imprint on the Town that will not be forgotten. His family is deeply grateful to all who stood by Ric, and who have supported him since March 10, 2002.

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