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March 28, 2013

City Council wants detailsof $100,000 Solomon deal

Meeting with mayor tonight to discuss agreement

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Still pending between Solomon and the city is a civil case in which the chief was awarded back pay. The city has appealed the decision.

Lawsuits between Solomon and city stem from the chief’s firing in 2008. The City Council also cut his $158,295 salary by $25,610 in 2007. Solomon returned as chief in 2010, after the state Civil Service Commission reduced his punishment to a one-year suspension. The city’s appeal of that decision was rejected by a judge in July.

City councilors indemnified Manzi in Solomon’s federal suit in September 2011, granting him personal legal protection in the suit because he acted “within the scope of his official duties” as mayor when he fired Solomon. Manzi served as mayor from 2006 to 2011.

Zanni began settlement negotiations with Solomon in April 2012. On Monday, Zanni said Solomon had previously sought damages as high as $480,000. Had the case gone to trial, Zanni said the cost of the city “could have gone up to $1 million.”

“I think he did a good job in negotiating this,” said Councilor Jeanne Pappalardo. “I think it’s good for the community. Not a lot of people are going to think that. We’re going to end this once and for all. We need to move on.”

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