Former deputy files federal suit

by Lisa Rosemore, Herald-Review

Reprinted with permission.

A former Itasca County deputy has filed a federal lawsuit against Itasca County, Sheriff Vic Williams, Chief Deputy Denise Hirt and Investigator-Supervisor A.J. Morse. The suit was filed in United States District Court on April 18.

In the 17-page complaint, Troy Ugrich, who resigned from the sheriff’s office in January, alleges that he suffered numerous acts of retaliation for serving as the defacto campaign manger for Bryan Johnson, who ran for sheriff against Williams in 2014. Ugrich alleges in the suit that the retaliation for that, as well as a complaint he filed with the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), forced his resignation. As a result, Ugrich claims not only were his Constitutional rights violated but also the Minnesota Whistleblower Act.

In an 18-page response to the complaint, filed Friday afternoon, Jessica Schwie from the law firm of Lardine, Logan and O’Brien, representing the defendants, categorically denied all the allegations.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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