After being placed on leave and then fired for negligence and theft, former Alameda Community Action Program director has sued ACAP for violating open government laws when they decided to take disciplinary action.

While she is not questioning the allegations raised against her, she is objecting to the manner in which she was dismissed. During a meeting in closed session, the county-wide program board of directors placed her and her husband on leave. They had not received 24 hours notice of the action.

Her suit alleges that this was just one of several illegal actions taken by the board during her tenure.

From the Oakland Tribune:

The former director of a beleaguered Alameda County-wide assistance program troubled by mismanagement and a lack of oversight is suing her former employer, arguing that the group’s governing board violated the state’s open meeting and public records laws.

In February, Nannette Dillard, the former executive director of the Associated Community Action Program, and her husband, Paul Daniels, grants manager for the group, were put on administrative leave and later terminated after serious financial questions arose. Earlier that month, it had come to light the program — commonly called ACAP — had more than $400,000 in unpaid bills and no money to pay employees.

In March, facing mounting debt and not being able to meet payroll, the group’s governing board — which is made up of one county supervisor and one elected official from every city in the county, excluding Berkeley and Oakland — voted to dissolve the program.

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