Portland's first female fire chief, Erin Janssens, is leaving her post this month, and the City Council is saying goodbye by proclaiming April 13 a day to honor her.

The city is also sticking taxpayers with a bill of up to $35,000 to defend Janssens in a Multnomah County Circuit Court lawsuit brought in October by a former subordinate.

As WW reported in June, senior civilian fire bureau employee Brian Alcid alleges Janssens grabbed his neck area and shook his head after a tense meeting in late 2013.

A city investigation of the incident found Janssens had acted "discourteously," but officials declined to discipline her.

In response to Alcid's lawsuit, the city inked a $35,000 contract with Pitzer Law to provide outside counsel for Janssens. Janssens did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Portland's city attorney, Tracy Reeve, declined to answer questions about why the city hired outside counsel.