Elburn settles lawsuit by former police chief
by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The village of Elburn earlier this month settled a lawsuit filed in 2009 by its former Police Chief.
James Linane, who served as Elburn Police Chief for eight years, was not reappointed after Dave Anderson was elected as mayor of Elburn in May 2009. It was Anderson’s decision not to reappoint Linane.
Linane’s suit charged that the village owed him additional benefits and wages upon his separation on July 31, 2009.
The settlement included a severance agreement, which states that Linane is to be paid $85,000 in exchange for agreeing not to pursue additional action against the village or its employees. The amount includes compensation for Linane’s attorney’s fees and costs.
The agreement states that this is not an admission by the village of any wrongdoing in any law, rule, policy, regulation, order or contract. The village agrees to limit its responses to any requests by Linane for references, background, character checks or pre-employment inquiries strictly to dates of employment and position.
The agreement also states that Linane retired and resigned his assignment as of July 31, 2009. The village gave Linane a ceremonial wallet retirement badge and retirement card dated May 4, 2009. Linane signed the severance agreement on Oct. 10, 2012.