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Ex-staffer’s suit accuses Tiburon of unlawful firing, conspiracy

Former Tiburon Building Official Clay Salzman is suing the town for wrongful termination, alleging he was fired in December 2021 for refusing to sign off on an incomplete project at Sam’s Anchor Cafe and was the victim of a “civil conspiracy” among town officials and the restaurant’s owner to push the approval through.

The suit, filed by Salzman and his wife, Ingeborg, Nov. 16 in Marin Superior Court, seeks unspecified punitive damages in asserting Salzman was terminated primarily because he resisted pressure over a period of about 18 months, starting in June 2019, to approve the occupancy permit for a major remodel of Sam’s Anchor Cafe, located at 27 Main St. Salzman has said he did not believe elements of the project were up to code for disabled persons and that the town repeatedly placed him on leave so it could use other officials to sign off on cheaper, easily defeated fixes.

The lawsuit comes after the town failed to respond to a $500,000 administrative claim Salzman filed in June 2022. The Salzmans are seeking a jury trial.

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