Former Cheswold Chief of Police Robbin Vann has been awarded $244,001 by a Kent County Superior Court jury following resolution of his lawsuit against the town.
Robbin Vann, who was fired as chief of police of the town of Cheswold in 2005, was awarded a $289,001 judgment against the town Oct. 29.
According to Vann’s attorney, Benjamin Schwartz, Vann was claiming the town had violated the Delaware Whistleblower’s Act; that it had breached the “good faith” covenant of his contract with the town; and that town officials had defamed his character.
A jury trial was held in Kent County Superior Court Oct. 26 through Oct. 29, with the jury deliberating about three hours before arriving at a verdict, Schwartz said.
“The issue presented to the jury was whether the primary basis of Mr. Vann’s discharge was that he blew the whistle on the town manager, Edward J. Ryan Jr., for falsifying town council meeting minutes in order to give himself a lucrative contract at the town’s expense,” Schwartz said in an email.
The jury awarded Vann $45,000 on the Whistleblower Act claim, $244,000 on the good faith claim and $1 in nominal damages for defamation of character, Schwartz said.