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Nov 7, 2016 10:40 AM

Winchester police chief, select board settle lawsuit out of court


KEENE — A lawsuit filed by Winchester Police Chief Gary Phillips against the Winchester Select Board has been settled out of court.

Phillips filed the suit against the town's select board in September of 2015 claiming that he was suspended without pay for three days in violation of due process as laid out by state law, the Union Leader reported.

The case was set to go to trial on Wednesday, but instead Phillips attorney Joseph S. Hoppock of Keene emailed the court on Tuesday that he and town attorney Andrew Livernois had settled the case.

The attorneys are preparing settlement documents, and plan to file them in the next few weeks.

Phillips was suspended for three days without pay on disciplinary grounds for allegedly making a retaliatory threat against a former Winchester police officer, Brooke Sharra, who is also the daughter of a select board member, the UL reported.

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