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Former police chief settles Bell case

Former Bell Police Chief Randy Adams, who was also chief of the Glendale Police Department for several years, has repaid the city of Bell nearly half of his $457,000 annual salary earned while he worked there.

Adams paid the city via a wire transfer on Friday as part of a $214,714 settlement reached between him and the city, according to court records. Adams sued the city in 2012 for severance pay, then the city counter-sued Adams for his entire salary after he was ousted.

Attorney Laura Walker, who represented the city of Bell, said the outcome was the best that could be hoped for the city.

“He has been fairly compensated now for what he did,” she said.

Attorneys for both sides spent hours in court chambers to reach an acceptable settlement that Judge Ruth Ann Kwan finally agreed to approve.

Kwan apparently was determined to reach a reasonable settlement, insisting Adams must retain a portion of his earnings for his work as the city’s police chief, Walker said.


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