Perkins trustees to vote on McClung suit settlement

PERKINS TWP. Township trustee Bill Dwelle said the settlement terms of a lawsuit involving outgoing
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

Township trustee Bill Dwelle said the settlement terms of a lawsuit involving outgoing police Chief Tim McClung will be made public.

Dwelle confirmed Friday a resolution has been reached in the lawsuit that pitted him, the township and his wife against McClung and Perkins police Lt. Al Matthews.

According to a source inside the Perkins Police Department, McClung plans to retire May 1.

Attorneys met in court Wednesday for a mediation session in connection with the civil suit. The lawsuit was filed in May 2007 seeking damages against the Dwelles for "malicious defamation" resulting in a "hostile work environment," according to the lawsuit.

Dwelle, who is chairman of the three-man trustee board, has yet to officially schedule the meeting in which the trustees are expected to vote on the proposed agreement. Dwelle said he expects the meeting to start at about 6 p.m. Tuesday so interested community members can attend.

"There seems to be a lot of interest developing," Dwelle said.

The terms of the agreement will be public record, he said.

"That's my understanding," he said. "I spoke to an attorney, and that was what I was told."

Dwelle planned to conduct the meeting Friday, he said, but trustee Tim Coleman is out of town and will not be available until Tuesday.

McClung has been police chief since 1995 when he was appointed to replace Richard Burrows, who died.