Former city manager sues Coatesville

Posted: February 13, 2014

Coatesville's former top administrator is suing the city, claiming it gave his predecessor, a white man, termination pay but refused to give him the same benefit because he is black.

In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Harry G. Walker III, who became city manager in 2006, said his contract stated he would receive six months of termination pay if he was fired without cause. Walker said he was.

The city has said Walker was fired in 2010 for mismanagement and breach of duties.

According to his lawsuit, Walker contends the city gave termination pay to his predecessor, E. Jean Krack, who had a similar contract.

Krack was fired in 2006 because city officials were not satisfied with revitalization efforts, a spokesman said at the time.

According to the lawsuit, Walker is seeking compensation for past and future lost earnings, legal fees, and "emotional upset, mental anguish, humiliation, injury to reputation, loss of life's pleasures, and pain and suffering."

The current city manager, Kirby Hudson, declined Tuesday to comment because, he said, the case is a personnel matter.

Walker's lawyer, Mark S. Scheffer, also declined to comment.


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