ATLANTIC CITY — Jury selection began Monday in a civil suit filed by a former police chief for the city, John Mooney.

Mooney says he was retaliated against when he reported what he believed was reverse discrimination in May 2010.

He retired rather than take a demotion to deputy chief when the city created the position of a public safety director.

Since then, the Police Department has hired a chief — Ernest Jubilee — along with the public safety director's position.

Mooney is seeking damages for 21/2 years that remained on his contract when he retired, along with reinstatement as chief.

The jury candidates finished answering questionnaires Monday, but will not be interviewed by the judge until Wednesday, according to court officials.

Opening statements will start soon after, either by Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.

Anjalee Khemlani