Prineville to pay fired chief $666K to settle suit filed after investigation, dismissal


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PRINEVILLE, Oregon — The city of Prineville has agreed to pay the police chief it fired in July $666,000 to settle his lawsuit.

KTVZ-TV reported Thursday ( that Eric Bush's attorney says it's the maximum amount state law allows a local government such as Prineville to pay.

After months of investigation, Bush was fired in July and soon sued, alleging the dismissal was a result of scheming by an ambitious underling and resentment among city officials over the leave he took as a brigadier general in the Oregon Army National Guard.

The city commissioned an investigation into his use of flex time and computers and his reports of hours worked.

The attorney general's office concluded there was insufficient evidence for a criminal charge.

A city statement Thursday said its insurer wanted a settlement.

Information from: KTVZ-TV,

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