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December 27, 2013

Former chief, records clerk settle lawsuits against city

NEW CASTLE — New Castle’s former police chief and records clerk have settled lawsuits with the city for a total of $30,000.

In June 2012, former police chief Thomas Sansone filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh against the city and council members Richard Beshero and MaryAnne Gavrile after council rejected reappointing him to the police chief position on Jan. 24, 2012. According to court records, he settled his suit for $20,000.

In his suit, Sansone claimed the city violated his rights of due process, his civil rights and discriminated against him because of his age. His suit had also claimed that city officials tried to interfere with police matters, including investigations and personnel appointments.

He asked for reinstatement as chief or a post with comparable salary, benefits, rank and seniority plus backpay and judgment exceeding $75,000.

A member of the police department for 25 years and chief for about eight years, Sansone has since retired.

In July 2012, police department records clerk Maureen Ambrosia also sued the city, council members Beshero and Gavrile and city business administrator Stephanie Dean. Ambrosia claimed city officials interfered with her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and had retaliated against her after she returned to work. She also  claimed age discrimination and that she faced retaliation from city officials after Sansone was demoted from the position of chief to that of lieutenant.

Ambrosia worked for the city since 1999, much of that time as records clerk and working closely with Sansone.

She had requested back pay and that her roles and duties be restored.

According to court documents, she settled for $10,000.

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