Dobelle has filed new complaint against Westfield State trustees

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has filed another complaint in U.S. District Court against individual members of the University’s Board of Trustees.

The 22News I-Team obtained the new 50-page amended lawsuit, which was filed on Monday. Click here to read the lawsuit.

Dobelle resigned in November after he was accused of spending lavishly on the taxpayers’ dime.  Dobelle disputes this claim.

Dobelle originally sued the University in October, saying his contract was violated.   He was placed on administrative leave after a board of trustees meeting in October.

This lawsuit alleges that Dobelle had no other choice than to resign as he believed he was eventually going to be fired.  The documents allege that Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland wanted Dobelle terminated.

The lawsuit names Jack Flynn III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Kevin Queenin, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Elizabeth Schiebel, Board Member, the LLP., Rubin and Rudman, attorney James Cox and O’Connor and Drew, P.C. in the lawsuit.

Dobelle is seeking to be awarded a financial compensation package and attorneys’ fees and costs from the individuals named in this amended lawsuit.  The financial amount would be determined at trial.

Dr. Dobelle’s attorney Ross Garber told 22News the documents speak for themselves, but there are no immediate court dates set for this matter.

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