PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northern Indiana city have agreed to pay a former police detective $132,500 to settle a lawsuit he filed four years ago.

Attorney Tom Dogan, who represents the city of Portage, told The Times of Munster (http://bit.ly/1e8Vk0e ) the settlement is not an admission of guilt. He says the city determined it would cost less to settle the lawsuit than continue to fight it.

Roger Peele contended he was reassigned from detective to duty officer after speaking to a reporter about a candidate he supported for mayor.

Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham estimates the lawsuit has cost the city between $300,000 and $400,000 in legal fees during the past four years. Dogan says the settlement was reached following a 10-hour mediation session conducted by a retired Indiana Court of Appeals judge.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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