But the jury discerned that Nance was the city’s biggest parks supporter. Residents knew it too; at least 30 in the courtroom applauded when the verdict came through.
Nance filed a tort claim against Arnold, claiming Nance’s reputation and character was damaged. He requested $300,000 in compensation for what he calls a “politically motivated and retaliatory suspension and firing” by Arnold.
Whether the political allegations are true or not, this was likely a scenario that could have been avoided if a city parks superintendent had properly documented funds, and if a city administration had talked honestly to a dedicated employee.
In summary A courtroom experience involving the former Elwood parks superintendent could have been avoided if two sides had talked.