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Monroeville police chief lawsuit may be settled out of court

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1:42 p.m.

Monroeville officials named in a civil lawsuit are requesting that the complaint be negotiated outside of court.

Attorney Robert Zunich filed a preliminary objection with the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas last week claiming that a civil lawsuit filed by former police Chief Doug Cole should be reviewed by a board of arbitrators, rather than a judge, based on a section of Cole's former contract as police chief.

The municipality is accused of violating Cole's contract.

Council members Diane Allison, Lois Drumheller, Clarence Ramsey and Bernhard Erb are accused in the lawsuit of violating the home-rule charter and the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act. Municipal manager Lynette McKinney also is accused of violating the home-rule charter.

Cole's attorney filed the lawsuit in February, after he was demoted from police chief to sergeant by McKinney.

The lawsuit seeks the appointment of Cole to assistant chief, which is the position he held prior to his tenure as police chief.

Cole's attorney, Michael Colarusso, said he is confident Cole will be appointed as assistant police chief, based on a section of his former contract as police chief.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at klawson@tribweb.com or at 412-856-7400.

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