- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NEW DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a New Hampshire police chief who was fired last year should be reinstated.

WMUR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1UrhuDD ) that Monday’s ruling means that New Durham Police Chief Shawn Bernier is expected back at work by the end of the week. He will also be awarded back pay, back benefits and attorney’s fees.

Town selectmen voted in July to remove Bernier. He had been chief since 2004 and had been with the department for 21 years.

Selectman David Bickford has said Bernier wanted to retire and their decision will give him severance pay. But Bernier says he only wanted to go part-time and the town had no right to fire him under state law. He later filed a reinstatement petition.

Town officials didn’t comment on the ruling.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, https://wmur.com

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