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Former Canandaigua fire chief files suit against city

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Former Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette has filed a complaint against the City of Canandaigua, saying his constitutional right to a fair hearing was violated.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages that include compensation for the loss of reputation and back and future pay. Marentette, who was terminated from his position in April, is also seeking reinstatement as Fire Chief.

Michael Harren, Marentette’s attorney, said in a letter to News 8 dated Sept. 20 that the suit was filed because the city continues to argue that it is not required to prove the charges against Marentette by a “preponderance of the evidence.”

The city asked a hearing officer, who dismissed the majority of charges against Marentette, to rule on whether violations could have occurred rather than did occur.

In the letter to News 8, Harren says the city is required to prove the charges against Marentette — charges Harren called “unfounded.”

The suit names the City of Canandaigua, former City Manager Ted Andrzejewski, current City Manager John Goodwin and Nancy Abdallah, clerk treasurer for the city.

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