Monterey Park : Police Chief Files Claim

The City Council has referred a $500,000 claim for damages by Police Chief Jon Elder to a city-retained insurance adjuster, who is expected to reject the claim.

Elder, who has been on paid leave since August for stress, alleges in the six-page claim that Councilman Barry Hatch released confidential information about him at a May 13 public meeting.

The information dealt with Elder's earlier statements to a doctor about the city's attempts to get him to turn in his city-issued weapon and vehicle.

The filing a claim is a formality that typically precedes a formal lawsuit against a city.

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