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Chapin settles defamation suit with former police chief

Dave Rodgers (Source: Lee Attaway) Dave Rodgers (Source: Lee Attaway)

The attorney for Chapin's former police chief says the town has settled a defamation lawsuit he filed against the town and an employee.

Dave Rodgers' attorney Benjamin Mabry says the city agreed to pay $30,000 to settle the suit.

Rodgers resigned as Chapin Police Chief in August of 2011 after holding the job for ten years. Rodgers said in his resignation letter that he was stepping down after learning he could be fired.

He filed a suit against the town and Town Clerk Adrienne Thompson in December of 2012, claiming breach of contract and defamation of his character.

"I'm being looked at as this criminal as this pedophile," said Rodgers when the suit was filed. "I don't know what folks are thinking."

In his resignation letter, Rodgers said he and the town agreed not to make adverse comments about each other.

The suit claimed Thompson gave poor performance reviews to other law enforcement agencies who were considering hiring Rodgers.  It claims they defamed Rodgers by "falsely claiming he preyed on young women, stole thousands of dollars from Chapin and engaged in other despicable and criminal activities."

"Now that his good name has been restored, he looks forward to returning to law enforcement in the near future," Mabry said of his client.

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