Jan 26, 9:39 AM EST

Settlement reached with former acting Capitol Police chief

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The former interim chief of the Capitol Police in Raleigh has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the state alleging that he was improperly fired.

Antonio Asion reached a settlement in his lawsuit saying he should not have been fired for organizing off-duty work at a nightclub, The News & Observer of Raleigh (http://bit.ly/1CrOpgK ) reported.

The Department of Public Safety last week paid $165,000 to Asion and his lawyer.

Attorney Michael C. Byrne says two judges ruled that Asion was illegally fired.

"I am pleased DPS ultimately chose to resolve the case," Byrne said.

Asion was fired in 2013 for setting up a new system of off-duty work for his officers at a Raleigh nightclub that had a reputation for violence. The plan involved setting up a nonprofit as a conduit for off-duty security assignments that was poorly managed and opened the agency to questions of double-dipping and improper use of state vehicles, according to an internal investigation.

Asion hoped the plan would boost morale in a department whose officers were underpaid and that had seen its budget cut in half.

Under the settlement, Asion's record will be changed to show he resigned, Byrne said.

Public Safety spokeswoman Pamela Walker said the agency determined it was in its best interest to settle the case.


Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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