(Mountain View, Calif.)— On February 7, Judge Maureen Folan, of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, granted summary judgment and ruled in favor of the City of Mountain View on the entire action in a lawsuit filed by former officer Nicholas Emmerling. Emmerling, 36, previously served as a Reserve Officer with the Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) and was working as a full time officer when the City released him during his probationary period. Emmerling sued the City, alleging he was discriminated against based on his military status and use of leave, both military and personal. He further alleged the City used an illegal quota system. The City disputed all claims and the City’s attorneys, Leone & Alberts, filed a motion requesting a judgment on the merits of the case before trial.
"The court agreed with the City that, as a matter of law, there was no merit to Mr. Emmerling's lawsuit and found he submitted no evidence of any wrongdoing by the City, so he was not entitled to a trial," said City Attorney, Jannie Quinn.
"Our officers work hard every day to serve and protect our community," said MVPD Chief, Max Bosel. "I want to be clear," Bosel continued, "the City does not have quotas. MVPD officers work 10 - and 12-hour shifts—only a portion of which is spent responding to public safety calls. When they are not responding to those calls, officers are expected to stay proactive, keeping an eye out for criminal activity and, above all, keeping our community safe."
“The City of Mountain View prides itself on three organizational values that every employee strives to model: provide exceptional service, act with integrity and treat others with respect. Our officers embody these values and we, as a City, stand behind them and the good work they do,” said City Manager Dan Rich.
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Shonda Ranson, Communications Coordinator
(650) 903‐6302, SRanson@mountainview.gov