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Chandler settles with fired officer

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Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2008 3:37 am | Updated: 11:54 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Chandler agreed to pay $532,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former police officer fired five years ago after alerting city officials of potential safety problems inside the department.

The Chandler City Council voted to approve the settlement Thursday for John Carboun, who was terminated in 2002 by then-Chandler Police Chief Bobby Joe Harris.

The agreement comes several months after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge awarded him $380,000 in a wrongful termination suit.

Harris was ordered to pay $50,000 and former assistant city manager Pat McDermott was ordered to pay about $2,700 of the overall judgement.

Carboun, who is also the former president of the department’s unofficial union, had maintained he was fired because of the letter he wrote to the city manager’s office in which he said safety violations contributed to the death of a fellow officer.

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