Shaker Heights, Ohio (AP) -- An upscale Cleveland suburb has agreed to give $81,000 in severance pay to a fire chief dismissed for not cutting his budget.
Last month's firing of Shaker Heights fire chief Donald Barnes has been reclassified as a layoff, under a settlement approved by the city council.
Barnes has agreed to drop a lawsuit over his dismissal by mayor Earl Leiken.
The mayor had asked the chief to cut $250,000 from the fire department's $8.3 million budget as part of cost-cutting throughout city government to avoid a possible deficit of $3.5 million.
But Barnes refused a suggestion that he lay off a few firefighters.
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