Boston, Officer, Settle Promotion Lawsuit

A Boston police lieutenant who said he was denied promotion as payback for supporting a political opponent of Mayor Thomas Menino has settled a lawsuit he filed against the city for $45,000.

The settlement also calls for Lt. Joseph Gillespie to be promoted to captain by no later than March 1 and for the city to pay his $10,000 in legal fees.

Gillespie tells The Boston Globe that he's happy to put the case behind him and looks forward to his new duties.

A spokeswoman for the mayor says the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing and settling was cheaper to than going to court.

Gillespie was a supporter of Menino opponent Michael Flaherty Jr. during the 2009 mayoral race and an outspoken critic of the mayor.

This program aired on December 12, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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