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Lawsuit between a Siouxland town and its former police chief heard by a mediator

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A lawsuit between a Siouxland town and its former police chief will be heard by a mediator.

The U.S. District court in Omaha Nebraska has ordered that a mediator be assigned to handle a lawsuit between the city of Hartington, and its former police chief.

Court documents show that mediation was ordered in February in the lawsuit filed by former Hartington Police Chief, Casey Nieman.

Nieman filed suit against the city in July of 2012.

He was fired in April of that year, after the City's mayor, Brad Pietz, alleged that Nieman attempted to secretly record a closed session of the Hartington City Council.

Nieman's suit claims his 14th Amendment rights were violated, and seeks his reinstatement as well as damages and back-pay.

The District Court's mediation order gives both parties until April 14th to report back with progress on the negotiations.

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