Gouverneur Mayor Defends Settlement

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Gouverneur Mayor Chris Miller is defending the village's $75,000 age discrimination settlement for longtime Gouverneur village Police Chief David Whitton.
 
Whitton filed the lawsuit in 2010 after the Village Board reduced his chief's position to part-time and cut his salary in what trustees said at the time was a cost cutting move.

Whitton filed the lawsuit claiming the board was trying to force him into retirement. He has been a member of the police force for more than 40 years and has been chief since 1987.

The settlement approved by the village does not include a retirement stipulation or admission of liability.

"He hasn't been asked to resign or retire, nor will he be.  He has mentioned in passing that he's ready to...he has stated that if I ask him to stay on, if we as the board ask him to stay on, he'll stay on as long as we'd like him to," says Miller.
 
 Whitton could not be reached for comment on the settlement.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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