East Longmeadow prepares to settle with former police chief

The question is, how much will the town pay?

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Town of East Longmeadow wants to settle. East Longmeadow’s Former Police Chief Doug Mellis is seeking $135,000, one year’s salary.

Mellis claims he wasn’t given the required legal notice when the former select board voted not to renew his contract. The town attorney has started working with Mellis’ lawyer to come up with an agreement and a figure.

“At this point I don’t see any real major speed bumps. It’s just a matter of what’s fair and equitable for the town and for Chief Mellis,” said East Longmeadow Town Council President Kevin Manley. “This is really our last hurdle to get over. We’re really moving in a positive direction.”

Manley told 22News the council hopes to come to an agreement at their next meeting on Tuesday, August 9th. Then on Monday, August 15th, Denise Menard will officially start as interim town manager.

The council selected Menard late Tuesday night. She’ll serve for four months, and hopes to eventually apply for the permanent position.

Former Police Chief seeking one year’s salary

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