H-PASO ROBLES

May 30, 2012 8:18 PM by Nikki Ibarra, KSBY News

City of Paso Robles hit with lawsuit from former police officer

The city of Paso Robles was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday from a former, fire police officer. In the papers, Brennan Lux claimed former police chief Lisa Solomon made sexual advances towards him.

Solomon resigned from her role in March, after allegations of sexual misconduct, as well as a lawsuit from an officer about alleged illegal ticket quotas.

KSBY called city manager, Jim App, for comment Wednesday, but he said he could not comment, as this is ongoing litigation.

Brennan Lux had been working for the Paso Robles Police Department from August of 2000 until November of last year. In the papers, obtained by KSBY, he said for the first six years, he and Solomon had a professional relationship. But, he said, that changed in 2006, when he and Solomon attended a party. It was there that she allegedly caressed his leg. Lux said he dismissed the advance, and insisted they stay friends.

Also in the papers, Lux stated, in 2007, he was encouraged, by Solomon, to take the Sergeant's Exam. In July of that year, he passed and was promoted. That same day, Solomon was promoted to chief of police.

During Super Bowl weekend of 2008, Solomon planned a "Team Building" workshop with Lux and other officers at the Carmel Valley Lodge.

Lux said Solomon invited him and others into the hot tub. He said she became intoxicated and flashed her breasts, and that she then sat next to him and grabbed his genitals.

Lux said Solomon told him not to say anything about what happened that night. He says he told her he wanted to remain professional. He said this angered her, and from then on, he started to get poor reviews.

Lux said he felt harassed that he self-demoted himself to officer. But he said the harassment continued, and in fall of 2011, he was fired.

In total, the city has spent around $350,000 on everything surrounding the resignation of Lisa Solomon, and all the money came from the general fund.

The city is currently working with an outside agency to find a replacement for Solomon. Police Captain Robert Burton is currently acting as police chief.

KSBY reached out to Solomon for comment, but have not heard back. Back in March, she told us the allegations made against her were false.

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