Former chief testifies in Chattanooga police pay disparity lawsuit

Bobby Dodd answers questions during a news conference in 2013.

Former Chattanooga police Chief Bobby Dodd believed the pay document he emailed to the police department in 2010 was a plan that would provide regular raises to personnel as they gained experience, he testified in Hamilton County Chancery Court on Monday.

The one-page document has been at the center of a lawsuit filed by 29 police officers against the city of Chattanooga. The officers claim the document promised raises that officers never received, while the city argues the document was only ever intended as a one-time pay adjustment.

Dodd said Monday he initially believed the document did set up a plan for future raises, and it was not until he asked the city to give such a raise to a sergeant that he was told the 2010 document was only a one-time adjustment.