Moore claimed he was forced out because he supported someone other than Brace Cade Huse for Mayor, and Huse won. If so, that would be a violation of Moore’s First Amendment rights. But the city claimed that Moore was fired for misusing his city credit card.
Moore lost his lawsuit in Lubbock, so he appealed. The court of appeals last week found that the city council, not Mayor Huse, fired Moore.
The court of appeals said, “As the district court correctly noted, ‘only final decision-makers may be held liable for First Amendment retaliation employment discrimination under [federal law].’”