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Honesdale settles with officer over his firing

- BY TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER

STAFF WRITER Honesdale agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a police officer who claimed he was fired without being given a hearing.

Keith Colombo filed suit in January, alleging his due process rights were violated when council voted to fire him without giving him a chance to challenge allegation­s made against him.

Details of the settlement were not immediatel­y available Tuesday.

According to the lawsuit, Mr. Colombo was initially suspended for 10 days without pay on Dec. 8, 2015, after being accused of several infraction­s, including sleeping on the job, having an improper sexual relationsh­ip with a female defendant and using excessive force on a man charged with drunken driving. Council voted to fire him on Dec. 22, 2015.

Mr. Colombo denied the allegation­s and filed a grievance challengin­g his firing. An arbitrator ruled in his favor in September and ordered he be reinstated with back pay. That ruling did not impact the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Richard P. Conaboy on Tuesday issued an order dismissing the suit after being notified the case settled. The order gives the parties 60 days to finalize the agreement. Contact the writer: tbesecker@timesshamr­ock.com, @tmbesecker on Twitter

An arbitrator ruled in his favor in September and ordered he be reinstated.

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