BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. - A former police chief and his attorney have been paid $100,000 to settle the chief's wrongful firing lawsuit against a Western Pennsylvania borough.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says documents obtained under an open records request show fired Blairsville chief Don Hess will get more than $59,000 under the settlement, while his attorney will receive about $41,000.

Hess sued after he was fired in June, claiming that the Borough Council retaliated against him for reporting to state police possible waste or other fiscal problems in the borough.

The state attorney general's office has confirmed an ongoing investigation into Hess' claims.

The borough contends that Hess was fired for poor performance and has denied wrongdoing in settling the suit.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,