- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A former Decatur police chief claims in a lawsuit that he lost his job because he accused the city manager of misusing police department resources.

Former Chief Brad Sweeney was fired Feb. 4 after more than 20 years with the central Illinois city’s police department.

He sued the city and City Manager Tim Gleason Tuesday.

According to the Herald & Review (http://bit.ly/1ToBE07 ), the lawsuit claims Gleason ordered an officer to drive him to the St. Louis airport in a squad car last May. Sweeney claims he complained to Gleason about the move.

Sweeney’s lawsuit also accuses Gleason of pressuring him last month to support a proposed fuel tax that the chief declined to back.

City officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Associated Press.

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Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com

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