Former Springfield PD dispatcher threatens to sue city

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield Police Department could face another lawsuit after a former police dispatcher filed a tort claim against the city Friday, saying she was wrongfully terminated in June.

Melanie Nichols claims she was terminated from her job as a dispatch officer because she reported wrongdoing involving other officers.

The last time we asked the Springfield Police Department about a tort claim notice was in July, when Sgt. John Umenhofer's attorney filed a claim that said he was placed under unnecessary scrutiny and forced out of his job. Sgt. Umenhofer is taking a leave of absence.

Springfield PD Sgt. Richard Lewis responded back in July, saying "any time there's a tort notice or a legal action against the police department, we're not allowed to make comments."

KVAL reporters got the same answer when asking about the tort claim filed by former police dispatcher Nichols, who was fired in June.

City officials and Nichols' attorney also declined to comment on the new tort claim, because of the pending litigation.

The tort claim says Nichols is willing to discuss an amicable resolution of the dispute.