Ex-DPS higher-up plans to sue city for wrongful termination
Last Updated: 78 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A former higher-up with the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety plans to sue the city on the grounds that she was unfairly fired from her job.
Ellen Corcella, who served as Chief of Professional Standards, filed a Notice of Tort Claim last week expressing her intent to sue.
According to the claim, Corcella was tasked with investigating the mishandling of the second vial of Officer David Bisard's blood. But Corcella said she met resistance from the police department, prosecutor and mayor's office while conducting her investigation.
Corcella also claims that during her short tenure, she uncovered and reported multiple complaints against police officers alleging unwarranted use of stun guns on citizens, sexual harassment, ghost employment and complaints of officers soliciting sex from prostitutes, but she said the complaints were never acted upon.
In October 2012 when Troy Riggs took over the Public Safety Director position, he set up one-on-one meetings to discuss goals with every chief except Corcella, the claim says.
"Instead of meeting with (Corcella), Riggs removed (her) authority and made her an overpaid administrative assistant," the court document says.
Corcella was fired shortly after, on March 15, 2013.
Corcella's suit is asking for lost wages and benefits and other damages.
The City will not comment on pending litigation.
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