Cortland Downtown Partnership Sued by Former Executive Director

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In the continuing Cortland Downtown Partnership saga, former Executive Director Adam Megivern filed a $500k dollar lawsuit at the end of last month in Cortland County Supreme Court against the group and its president Evan Geibel.

Geibel is also the publisher and editor of the Cortland Standard, which broke news of the lawsuit yesterday (January 16) in an article edited by an independent party in Wisconsin.

The Dec. 31 suit references Megivern’s resignation at the end of December 2018, about which he says he had mutual understanding with CDP leadership, but claims he was libeled and defamed during interviews Geibel did with WXHC News and the Standard that characterized his departure as sudden and with little notice.


Geibel told WXHC at that time that Megivern had “accepted a position elsewhere.”

According to the Standard article, Megivern contradicts this claim and says it took him six months to find a new job due to questions about his “sudden and unexpected resignation” during final interviews for six different employment opportunities.

Megivern’s former assistant, Jane Whitty, was also let go from the Partnership back in March 2019 of last year after briefly replacing him as acting executive director.

WXHC reached out to Megivern for comment but have not yet heard back from him.

Geibel did respond to our request and declined to comment further.

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