By Associated Press - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The settlement agreement between the city of Asheville and retiring Asheville Police Chief William Anderson says he promises not to sue the city under labor laws and has accepted a payment of $35,000 in exchange for his retirement.

Local media outlets report Anderson is prohibited from making negative remarks about the city as part of the deal. He also agreed to help the city defend against any lawsuits arising out of his time as chief of police.

Anderson, who announced his retirement on Nov. 14, will get his payment 10 days after he retires on Dec. 31. The city hired him in 2012. He makes $145,000 a year, and his retirement ends a 37-year career in law enforcement.

City officials declined comment on the settlement, which was made public.

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