The city of Marco Island agreed to pay $100,000 to a former police lieutenant to settle a lawsuit.
Cliff Morine agreed to the settlement this week, two years after he claimed former Marco Police Chief Thom Carr fired him in retaliation.
Morine claimed in the lawsuit he was performing a death investigation in 2009 when Carr showed up and appeared intoxicated. Morine said he told Carr to stay in the car and not to drive, but the chief drove off.
Morine said Carr treated him unfairly for months afterward and eventually fired the 10-year veteran of the Marco force in retaliation for that night, the lawsuit says.
Morine's attorney, Steven Wenzel of Tampa, asked for compensatory, economic and punitive damages along with attorney fees and costs for violating Morine's First Amendment rights to free speech.
As part of the settlement, Morine agreed to waive all rights and claims against the city and Carr. Morine also agreed he would not be reinstated or allowed to work for the city in the future.
Marco Island staff could not provide Morine's salary information on Friday.
Carr retired in 2011 after nearly 40 years in law enforcement. Carr was hired by the city in 1999 and became chief in 2008.
Carr said Morine's lawsuit, and a second one filed against him by a Marco business, did not factor into his decision to retire.
At the time of his retirement, Carr maintained that Morine was not fired but that his position as lieutenant was cut to save money.