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Judge rules on acting Chicopee police chief's civil suit

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CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -

A civil case filed by Chicopee's acting police chief, Thomas Charette, has been thrown out and will not be able to proceed after a judge made a ruling Monday afternoon.

The judge ruled against Charette and ordered that he only serve as acting chief while the town moves forward to select his replacement.

The suit, which was filed in Hampden Superior Court, claimed the city charter doesn't allow non-residents to take the position of chief.

The top position in the police department has come with controversy since Charette was named the chief by former Mayor Michael Bissonette, with the civil service commission later ruling that choice was political, not based on qualifications.

Another candidate for the job, Captain William Jebb, went to the civil service commission to get answers after he scored the highest, but was not given the position.

Jebb does not currently live in Chicopee and Charette's lawyers said he shouldn't have been considered for the job.

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