Willow Park sued by former public works director

Willow Park’s former public works director has filed a lawsuit claiming he was forced out of his position in June because he refused to lie to the city council last year about fines resulting from violations at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Lance Petty, who worked for the city for 11 years and held the director of public works position for seven years, is requesting at least $250,000 in damages in the civil rights employment suit filed in federal court last week naming the City of Willow Park, Mayor Richard Neverdousky, and City Administrator Matt Shaffstall.

According to the Weatherford Democrat, Petty claims that Neverdousky and Shaffstall approached him days before an Aug. 13, 2013 city council meeting and asked him to lie regarding an approximately $44,000 TCEQ fine. The fine dealt with the quality of the city’s released effluent water. Petty says he was threatened with the non-renewal of his contract if he did not do as they asked. Petty resigned in June.

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