Outgoing police chief files defamation lawsuit against former officer

Posted at 7:13 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:33-04

The outgoing Nolanville police chief, who recently resigned, filed a lawsuit in Coryell County.  The suit was filed against a former police officer who made negative remarks about him at the Copperas Cove City Council earlier this month.

Plaintiff Gary Kent, who is in a run-off election for a city council seat in Copperas Cove, claims defendant Kathryn Alaniz made false, defamatory comments during a city council meeting on November 15.

During the city council meeting, Alaniz accused Kent of committing illegal activities and victimizing nine women, including her.

Alaniz, a former Nolanville police officer, claimed Kent was the reason she surrendered her badge and paycheck. 

"I'm not bitter, what I am is a woman of standards morals and integrity. Everything he lacks," Alaniz said during that city council meeting. "He has falsified government documents, sexually harassed women and assaulted me and has abused his official capacity, just to name a few offenses," she added. 

As she ended her statement, she urged the city to keep Kent out of the political seat he desires. 

In the lawsuit, Kent claims Alaniz' oral statements injured his profession and campaign, falsely charged plaintiff with a crime and alleged sexual misconduct.

Kent is asking for up to $100,000, including damages of any kind, penalties, court costs and attorney fees. 

Kent's last day as chief of police in Nolanville will be on Dec.9. The run-off election for the city council seat is on Dec. 13. 

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