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Fired Oak Harbor police chief accepts $18,500

A former Oak Harbor police chief claiming wrongful termination by the mayor settled his lawsuit against the city last week.

Rick Wallace settled for $18,500. He originally claimed he was owed $550,000 in lost wages and benefits.

The settlement came before a July 2 hearing in Island County Superior Court on the city’s motion for summary judgment.

The city’s attorney was asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Under the terms of the agreement, both sides agreed not to discuss the case or the settlement with the news media or other third parties.

“I would love to comment publicly, but part of the settlement forbids both parties from being able to comment,” Mayor Scott Dudley said.

Wallace’s attorney, Christon Skinner, also declined to discuss the case, but wrote in an email that such confidentiality clauses are common.

Wallace was among several administrators Dudley fired after coming into office last year. The mayor immediately sacked the city administrator, fire chief and city attorney; he later fired the replacement city attorney.

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