Judge sides with city of Canandaigua in former fire chief’s suit

The city of Canandaigua was within its rights to terminate former Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette and followed due process in doing so, according to a decision dated Jan. 8 from United States District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Marentette in September 2017 filed a civil rights suit claiming his 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated when he was fired and his right to a fair hearing was violated. He had sought compensatory and punitive damages for the loss of reputation and back and future pay.

Because each of his causes of action have all been dismissed, requests for injunctive relief and punitive damages are dismissed as well, according to Wolford’s decision.

City Manager John Goodwin said the city does not usually comment on litigation.

Marentette’s attorney at the time of the suit was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Marentette was terminated from his job in April 2017, after he was suspended without pay in January of the same year.

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