- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Junction City officials have agreed to settle claims brought by a former police officer who accused the city’s former police chief and a sergeant of making defamatory statements.

City Administrator Jason Knope says the City Council agreed to pay Corey Mertz $10,000 in health care benefits over the next year and a half. The agreement reached last week was released Monday to the Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/1Ny26xH ) in response to a public records request.

Mertz had threatened to sue the city over comments made last year by then-police Chief Mark Chase, who was fired earlier this month, and Sgt. Eric Markell. Mertz claims Chase’s comments were defamatory and slanderous, and Markell’s comments “attacked his qualifications” as an officer.

Chase’s attorney declined to comment and Markell didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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