Duxbury: Town reaches a $290,000 settlement with former police chief Mark DeLuca

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Last February, Mark DeLuca filed a lawsuit in federal court against Duxbury for failing to pay him severance.

DeLuca’s police chief contract wasn’t renewed in 2009 after 10 years with the town. At the time, Duxbury Selectmen negotiated a severance deal but it was rescinded.  However, the settlement with DeLuca that was recently reached is much costlier.

“The amount represents the money that the previous Board of Selectmen agreed to pay to Chief DeLuca in October of 2009 along with interest,” said Duxbury Selectmen Chair Ted Flynn

The settlement is subject to a town meeting vote in March. But what if Duxbury voters don’t approve the settlement? “Then the plaintiff, Chief DeLuca, would go to court for a judgement,” explained Flynn

Flynn urges Duxbury voters to support the $290,000 settlement.

DeLuca had a short stay in Cohasset as police chief after leaving Duxbury. But Cohasset also chose not renew DeLuca’s contract which expires this month.

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