La Verkin Mayor Terry West and his wife have filed a $1.7 million suit against City Manager Phil Phillips, charging he libeled, slandered and attempted to discredit West.

The 5th District Court suit says Phillips falsely claimed that West, after the election, had changed his position on the issue of going to a municipal power system.West said he never changed his position and that he had sent out a letter five days before the election outlining his views.

In his 16-page suit, West, who is a member of the Utah State Bar, says Phillips "maliciously slandered" him in that and in other remarks, some of which concerned his ethics.

West claims Phillips knew his statements were false and were made to expose him and his wife Sherrel to "public hatred, contempt and to deprive them of public confidence."

Phillips stood by his earlier statement regarding the power issue.