Ann Marie Gallant

A local judge has dismissed a wrongful termination suit lodged by the city’s former top administrator, closing the book on a tumultuous period at City Hall that saw an exodus of top staff and a flurry of claims and lawsuits.

A state appeals court has thrown out most of former Alameda Fire Chief David Kapler’s wrongful termination suit against the city but will allow Kapler’s claim that the city owes him post-employment benefits to proceed.

In an unpublished opinion issued Thursday, a three-judge First District Court of Appeal panel ruled that city officials’ investigation into Kapler’s gasoline use and their decision to terminate him were protected public participation efforts and that Kapler, an at-will employee, had not demonstrated a likelihood that he would prevail in his case, save his claim that the city owes him benefits.