Former city manager sues old boss, the City of Oak Hill

Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 1:31am
Staff Reports

William H. Kraus, the former city manager of Oak Hill, has filed a lawsuit against the city claiming his civil rights were violated.

The suit was filed Monday in Nashville with Middle District Court and District Judge Aleta Trauger.

Defendants named in Kraus’ suit are Mayor Tommy Alsup, the city of Oak Hill, commissioner Austin McMullen and city attorney Robert J. Notestine.

In 2008, Kraus, who had helped navigate Oak Hill through a series of controversial issues — including the highly scrutinized ‘Bredesen bunker,’ the underground ballroom at the Executive Residence of the governor — was forced to leave his position with the city over the discovery that he had been convicted of a felony.

It was later learned that Kraus potentially violated state law and the Oak Hill charter when he contributed to the re-election campaign of a city commissioner earlier that year.

The City Paper reported that Kraus resigned in August when it was revealed he potentially violated the law, but later claimed he was forced out the door and has rescinded his resignation.

Despite his felony conviction for fraud when he was a city manager in California, Kraus was by all accounts an effective public servant, the story read.

Due to the legal issues surrounding his resignation, Kraus retained an attorney and hasn’t commented publicly. However, in a letter to Oak Hill residents dated July 28, 2008, Kraus described himself as “very, very upset,” and called for Alsup and McMullen to resign.

Oak Hill has 4,700 citizens and three elected city commissioners.

Read a copy of the lawsuit by clicking the attachment below.

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1 Comment on this post:

By: pandabear on 5/14/09 at 6:31

Man oh man, that makes all the sense in the world.

I use to live in Oak Hill. One day I had a problem with the trash service,
so I called up to straighten it out. I ended up talking with this guy Kraus.
He was a rude, lying manipulator right from the moment things
weren't going his way. He said things to me that were unbelieveably
abrasive. He talked like a thug with a gun.

Apparently his whole way of life is this way. He certainly never
"navigated Oak Hill through a series of controversial issues"
but he was good at creating them.

Now he's out to finish the "job" by pilaging the city coffers.