City settles Pinnell lawsuit

Linda Trest
Republican Staff Writer

According to City Clerk Jane Hungler, the city has made an out-of-court settlement with former Gerald police officer, Angela Pinnell. Pinnell has been paid $200,000 from the city’s liability insurance carrier MOPERM.

Pinnell, who listed a Leslie address with the court, claims she was wrongfully and illegally terminated on or about Sept. 12, 2015 after working for the city for 11 months. 

The original lawsuit was against the city; Steve Goodwin, former police chief; Keith Wehmeyer, former mayor; Jason Risse, Hillary Ward, Stephen Grgurich, Annette Justus, Ruth Haase and Tom Wright all as aldermen at the time of incidents. 

Pinnell also claimed a violation of her first amendment rights.

Marshall Wilson of Berry Wilson Law in Jefferson City represented the city in the lawsuit. 

Pinnell was represented by Lynette Petruska of Pleban & Petruska Law. 

By settling the case, the city will avoid the expense of a jury trial. A settlement also limits the information that will be made public in the case. 

Hungler noted that a settlement does not indicate the city admits any wrongdoing.