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Published: Tuesday, 2/28/2006

Edon OKs deal with fired chief of police

EDON, Ohio - Edon Village Council has approved a settlement with its former longtime police chief, Lee Lawrence, who was fired in 2004 for what council members said was a failure to respond to 911 calls and finish paperwork in a timely manner.

Council voted 4-2 to approve the settlement during a special meeting on Saturday.

It was unclear yesterday what was involved in the settlement.

Mr. Lawrence's attorney, Mike Moses, said he had not yet seen a copy.

The village's attorney, Thomas Thompson, did not return a call from The Blade.

And village council President Chuck Bidwell declined to elaborate on the settlement, saying Mr. Lawrence had not signed it yet.

The two votes opposing the settlement were cast by Mr. Bidwell and Roxanne Nester, who are the only council members remaining from 2004 when Mr. Lawrence was fired.

The settlement addresses two lawsuits filed by Mr. Lawrence over his termination and civil rights issues, Mr. Bidwell said.

Mr. Lawrence was Edon police chief for 18 years.

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