A 2006 lawsuit filed by Police Sgt. Kevin Houghton against the city of Hoboken was settled out of court recently. The suit alleged that Houghton was skipped over for a promotion and retaliated against due to his criticisms of the department.
City attorney Steven Kleinman said as part of the settlement, the city will promote Houghton to the rank of lieutenant and pay him back pay in an amount that has yet to be determined.
Houghton will also be awarded some legal fees and possibly a “small amount” of money for damages.
Kleinman said the majority of the legal fees and damages should be covered by insurance, so the city is only liable for the remainder and the back pay.
The settlement, Kleinman noted, is not an admission of guilt by the city.