City seeks to have ex-chief repay big salary
Los Angeles (AP) – Bell officials have filed a lawsuit demanding the troubled city’s former police chief repay his $457,000 annual salary.
Bell Mayor Ali Saleh says ex-chief Randy Adams was paid an exorbitant salary before he was ousted, exceeding the income of many big-city police chiefs.
In July, Adams sued the city seeking severance pay, saying he deserved it because he was forced from the job and subjected to other mistreatment.
The suit filed Tuesday also seeks to have Adams repay Bell’s legal fees and settlement costs for a police department whistleblower who sued the city alleging retaliation from the chief.
Bell found itself in as much as $4.5 million in debt as the result of a corruption scandal in which city leaders were accused of looting the treasury for enormous salaries.
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