How due process applies to public employees

As the Keizer City Council announced accepting former city manager Chris Eppley’s resignation, it also announced a severance package was being offered because Eppley’s “due process rights may have been violated.”

The council did not give a specific reason for believing Eppley’s rights had been violated, but it begs the question, “What are a public employee’s due process rights?”

The answer is derived from the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments . . .

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