Lawsuit against City of Richmond seeks answers about Byron Marshall

Published: Sep. 30, 2014 at 9:52 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The City of Richmond is being sued, and the outcome of the lawsuit could mean more information will be made public about why Byron Marshall suddenly left his Chief Accounting Officer post at City Hall.

Former Richmond school board member Carol Wolfe filed the suit on Monday.

Ever since Marshall suddenly resigned from the job, very little information has been released about why he did. City leaders who wanted to know more had to sign a confidentiality agreement first. Now this lawsuit aims to get answers.

Almost every FOIA request from NBC12 about the resignation has been denied, with the city claiming it's a personnel matter and restricted due to attorney-client privilege.

Marshall is to receive nearly $164,000 in severance pay, including payment for unused vacation time. He served as the city's CAO for nearly five years.

Wolfe's lawsuit asks for information from the city, in addition to asking for penalties against anyone who denied her many FOIA requests.

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