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Former Park City Board Of Realtors CEO Sues The Organization After Being Fired

The Park City Board of Realtors has hired a new Chief Executive Officer--Jamie Hoppe, who starts this week.

At the same time, they’re facing a pending lawsuit from their former CEO, who was fired last May.

A lawsuit was filed in Third District Court in August by Terry Nolan, who said he had not done anything to merit being fired under his Employment Agreement with the Park City Board. Although a specific complaint was cited before his termination, he wasn’t given the chance to respond to it.

The suit said Nolan was hired in May of 2016, for a team running until the end of 2018. He said that under his Employment Agreement with the board, he could only be fired for items such as neglect, failure or refusal to perform his duties, dishonesty or acts of moral turpitude, insubordination or acts likely to be detrimental to the board.

Allegedly, when he was fired on May 10th this year, the board failed to give him any reason based on his contract.

He was told a complaint had been made by an employee, and the board retained counsel to interview him. Allegedly, he couldn’t have his own attorney present for the interview, he wasn’t given details about the complaint or the findings of the Board’s investigation and wasn’t given a chance to defend himself against the findings.

Nolan is suing the Park City Board of Relators for Breach of Contract. He is also suing five John Does, who allegedly supplied false or untrue information against him, damaged his reputation and inflicted emotional distress.

The suit asks for compensatory damages of at least $300,000 plus other special, general and punitive damages.

KPCW contacted a representative of the board, and their attorney who declined to make a comment at this time.

But the board has submitted a formal answer to the suit. Among other items, the board said that it “terminated Nolan’s employment for reasons correctly determined by PCBR’s Board of Directors to be sufficient cause for termination under the Employment Agreement.” It also said that Nolan’s claims are barred by “his prior material breach.”

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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