Former East Valley fire chief's lawsuit moves closer to trial

Former East Valley fire chief's lawsuit moves closer to trial
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A lawsuit filed in 2011 by the former fire chief for East Valley is one step closer to trial.

A judge decided Wednesday which of John Gay's ten claims will go before a jury.

Gay believes he was wrongfully fired in 2008 and KIMA was at the center of several claims.

Gay claimed he was targeted after Action News interviewed him.

He also claimed a psychological report we obtained should not have been released to the public.

The judge struck down both claims.

"There are a lot of people with the motive to do something like this. And, if you can't prove to someone who did it, I don't see how you have a cause of action against anyone," said Yakima County Superior Court Judge Susan Hahn.

Gay was on paid leave after being accused of creating a hostile work environment.

East Valley's current fire chief is named in the suit.

A trial date has not yet been filed with the clerk's office.