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Tag: China Fortson

Sep.
8th

Father files $2m in claims against City of Tacoma, citing former advocate Fortson

More news on the China Fortson front:

Now, the Lakewood man who already received a settlement from the City of Tacoma earlier this year to his legal claim about the city’s former top domestic violence victims advocate, has filed two more claims.

Kelvin Jackson is now collectively seeking $2 million.


Kelvin and Quiymani Jackson

In documents filed with the city clerk on Sept. 2 (see below), Jackson contends Fortson continued to harass him after his initial settlement, and also irrevocably harmed his relationship with his now teenage daughter, Quiymani Jackson, while Fortson worked for the city.

Jackson, who in May agreed to a $29,000 settlement, is seeking $1 million a piece for himself and his daughter.

“His own claim mainly has to deal with things that happened after the settlement,” said Thaddeus P. Martin, Jackson’s attorney. “Ms. Fortson continued to harass him and filed frivolous protection orders against him while she was still on the city’s payroll.”

The separate claim for Jackson’s daughter “is for everything — the damage to the father-daughter relationship,” Martin added. “It’s basically the loss of those years (with his daughter) because of the direct interference by the city’s employee.”

City Attorney Elizabeth Pauli said Wednesday her office is still reviewing the claims.
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Sep.
1st

Tacoma city manager fires beleagured DV victims advocate; lawsuit filed

Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson has fired Gloria China Fortson, the city’s longtime domestic violence victims’ advocate.

In turn, Fortson has filed suit against the city, challenging a hearing examiner’s ruling last month that upheld city findings that Fortson broke ethics rules by helping a client leave the state with her children, in violation of a court order. (We wrote extensively about Fortson’s ethics case here.)

China Fortson testifies at her city appeals hearing last week.
China Fortson is sworn in at her city appeals hearing in July.

“We made the determination that termination was in fact necessary,” Anderson told me today.

Fortson was notified by mail of the decision on Aug. 27, Anderson said. She will be terminated effective at the end of business today, he added.

Along with the city’s ethics findings, and the hearing examiner’s ruling to uphold them, Anderson said he also considered other “concerns about (Fortson’s) judgment” when deciding her employment fate. He elaborated such concerns included Fortson’s direct contradictions between previous statements she made about her actions and more recent testimony she gave during her appeal case in July.

“There were the original issues raised and also the concerns about judgment,” Anderson said.

Neither Fortson nor Steve Downing, her attorney, could be reached for immediate comment today.
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