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Methuen Police Chief Will Resign Amid Investigation Into Labor Contracts

Methuen Chief of Police Joseph Solomon. (Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
Methuen Chief of Police Joseph Solomon. (Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

The police chief of Methuen is stepping down amid a state investigation, the city's mayor confirmed Monday.

Last month, a report issued by the state found that Chief Joseph Solomon helped draft labor contracts that benefited himself and his allies. He has been on paid leave since then.

Mayor Neil Perry did not offer additional details on Solomon's retirement.

Solomon's $300,000 a year contract made him one of the highest paid police chiefs in the country.

The Methuen Retirement board will determine Solomon's pension, which will not necessarily be based on his entire wages earned, Administrator Kaitlyn Doucette said. Its next meeting is set for Jan. 28.

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