Former Montrose County employee’s First Amendment lawsuit set for trial

Montrose Press: The federal court will hear former Montrose County Road and Bridge employee Johnathan Goodman’s claims the county retaliated against him for exercising his free speech rights.

Goodman’s suit is tentatively set for a five-day trial beginning Aug. 29, 2022. His attorneys have advised the court, however, that another case of theirs is set for trial the same time. Goodman’s case could therefore be reset.

Goodman claims Montrose County commissioners Sue Hansen, Roger Rash and Keith Caddy, as well as then-manager Ken Norris, summarily dismissed him in July 2020, one day after he called Hansen on his day off and raised concerns over spending on a bridge replacement project and the enforcement of the county’s mask mandate in place at the time.

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