If you were to look at Newport Beach Police Department Sgt. Neil Harvey’s personnel file, his most recent job evaluation would be chock full of glowing praise and his superior leadership, his lawyers argue.
The only problem: It’s more than six years old.
That fact is at the center of Harvey’s lawsuit against Newport Beach and its former police chief, Bob McDonell, as Harvey claims he was repeatedly denied promotion to lieutenant because of false rumors that he is gay. Newport Beach’s defense attorneys claim he was passed over repeatedly because he is not a good leader.
In the lawsuit’s third day of trial, Harvey’s attorneys looked to debunk the city’s case, showing jurors several Employee Performance Evaluations that illustrate Harvey’s superiors apparently not only considered him a competent leader, but a superior one.