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Former Leander city manager files lawsuit claiming he was fired after reporting another official

Kent Cagle is seeking more than $1 million after he says he was wrongfully terminated. He also claims the City did not pay him full severance.

LEANDER, Texas — Editor's Note: The video attached is related to a similar story posted on July 19.

Former Leander City Manager Kent Cagle has filed a lawsuit against the City of Leander claiming he was wrongfully terminated after he reported another City official – a violation of the Texas Whistleblower Act.

According to documents obtained by KVUE on Wednesday, Cagle also claims the city breached its contract by failing to pay him the severance the contract required. 

Cagle is also requesting a trial by jury and monetary relief of more than $1 million.

The suit does not elaborate on the incident over which Cagle reported the official, who remains unnamed at this time.

According to a report from our partners at the Austin American-Statesman, Mayor Troy Hill said one of the main reasons Cagle was terminated was due to a lack of economic development in the city. 


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The report states that Leander's economic development director, Mark Willis, submitted a resignation letter effective June 14. Cagle had been city manager since 2011, while Willis had been at his post since 2015.

According to the Statesman, the council voted 6-1 on May 20 to terminate Cagle.

"The City denies any wrongdoing in the handling of Mr. Cagle’s employment and the related claims in his lawsuit," a Leander spokesperson told KVUE Wednesday. "While we cannot comment on specific personnel issues or ongoing litigation, the City carefully considered the decision to separate Mr. Cagle – it was based on employment-related factors and not retaliatory in any way."


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