Former police chief sues Moroni City and mayor over ‘wrongful termination’

Sep 7, 2022, 4:04 PM
FILE photo...
FILE photo

MORONI, Utah — The former police chief of Moroni is suing the city and the mayor for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired over a traffic citation he issued for the mayor’s son.

According to court documents, Robert Hill was the Chief of Police of Moroni City from August 2020 through February 18, 2022 and was the only employee in the department.

The lawsuit states, “He was retaliated against and terminated from his position for issuing a traffic citation to the mayor’s son and taking other steps to enforce the law.”

The lawsuit outlines the following timeline of events:

On Feb. 13, Hill noticed a car being driven erratically and initiated a traffic stop. After making the traffic stop, Hill discovered the driver was the son of Mayor Paul Bailey, Cameron Bailey.

The lawsuit states, “Cameron Bailey challenged Mr. Hill’s ability to stop and ticket him and stated, ‘see what happens when you need backup.’ Mr. Hill was undeterred and issued Mr. Cameron Bailey two warnings and two citations. The citations were for failing to signal and failure to wear a seatbelt.”

Later that same evening, the lawsuit explains that Hill stopped another vehicle with a smashed windshield and discovered the driver had outstanding warrants for misdemeanors and did not have either a driver’s license or evidence of insurance.

As a result, Hill issued several citations and arrested the driver who was ultimately booked and then released.

The following day on Feb. 14, Paul Bailey asked to meet with Hill and put Hill on administrative leave.

On Feb. 18, Paul Bailey terminated Hill from his position as police chief “‘for cause’ but refused to explain what the cause was for the termination,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states, “Moroni City posted the open position for Chief of Police in March of 2022. That
position remains vacant, despite substantial increases in offers of compensation.”

KSL has reached out to Paul Bailey for comment but did not receive a response by publication.

Hill is suing for retaliation violating the Utah Protection of Public Employees Act and wrongful termination in violation of public policy.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Kalie Jones and Nick Hulse were allowed to bring their children home from foster care after a judge...
Daniella Rivera

Drug tests deemed ‘not sufficiently reliable’ in one child welfare case are commonly used in Utah 

A Utah judge ruled that a certain type of drug test was “not sufficiently reliable" in a couple’s legal effort to be reunified with their children, but Utah’s child welfare agency isn’t signaling any plans to stop using the tests it’s relied on increasingly over the last two years.  
20 hours ago
A crash at the intersection of Lone Tree and Cropper Lane outside Delta, Utah, Oct. 1, 2022. (Court...
Michael Locklear

Rival high schools show their support for Utah teen killed in car crash

A father who recently lost his daughter in a car crash wants to express his gratitude. He’s touched that several rival high schools across central Utah put aside their differences to honor Oakley Shiner, 17.
20 hours ago
Outgoing Granite School District Superintendent Martin W. Bates speaks during a school board meetin...
Larry D. Curtis

SLC school board names interim superintendent

The Salt Lake City School District has a new interim superintendent after the previous leader resigned after approximately one year in the position. The city's board of education said Tuesday evening it is looking to hire a new superintendent while Dr. Martin W. Bates works in the interim role.
20 hours ago
It may take months before some residents get their power restored after Hurricane Ian. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Homeowners in Florida face unsure future after Ian

The town of Fort Meyers Beach in Florida is unrecognizable after Hurricane Ian tore through the area. It’s now considered to be one of the 25 worst hurricanes to ever hit the US.
20 hours ago
Orem High School...
Becky Bruce and Jessica Lowell, KSL Radio

Orem, Alpine School District split debate centers on whose math you believe

A growing debate over whether to split the city of Orem from the Alpine School District centers on a disagreement over math.
20 hours ago
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Evan McMullin listens as his campaign manager talks to members of...
Michael Houck

McMullin sues super PAC, three Utah news stations for defamatory ad

Utah Senate candidate Evan McMullin is suing a super PAC for creating a "doctored" ad and three local news stations for airing it after his campaign asked them to stop.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Former police chief sues Moroni City and mayor over ‘wrongful termination’