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City denies former CPD employee's forced resignation claims

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The City of Columbia denies allegations that it knew anything about a GPS tracking device being placed on a former Columbia Police Department employee's personal vehicle and that the employee was forced to resign after being arrested.

Bridget Caffery, 24, filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbia and former police Chief Randy Scott last month. In that lawsuit, Caffery claimed Scott placed a tracking device on her car while the two were romantically involved from October 2011 to May 2013. Scott apparently removed the tracking device in March 2013, according to the lawsuit.

Scott is also named as a defendant in the case and was served March 25. No response has been given on his behalf to the allegations.

Caffery was arrested in late December for driving under the influence. WIS reported her DUI arrest Jan. 21. It was that same day, according to the lawsuit, that Caffery met with former interim police Chief Ruben Santiago and Sgt. James Richardson about her job. She claims they stated she had no reason for concern of being terminated from her job for the arrest.

On Jan. 31, Caffery said she was forced to resign. The City of Columbia denies the allegation, stating that her resignation was voluntary. The city included a copy of Caffery's written and signed resignation letter with the court file, as well as a signed copy of a city policy sheet outlining city jobs are at-will – employees may resign or be terminated at any time.

The City denied majority of Caffery's other allegations, stating that it did not have enough information to answer, and filed a motion to dismiss the case.

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