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University of Oregon Police Chief Paid to Leave Following Lawsuit

March 07, 2016  | 

University of Oregon Police Chief Carolyn McDermed, who has led the department for four years, was given $46,000 to leave the job with four months left on her yearly contract. Her retaliation against an officer who spoke out against department bias and mismanagement helped cost UO at least $1.5 million in damages and legal bills. (Photo: The University of Oregon)
University of Oregon Police Chief Carolyn McDermed, who has led the department for four years, was given $46,000 to leave the job with four months left on her yearly contract. Her retaliation against an officer who spoke out against department bias and mismanagement helped cost UO at least $1.5 million in damages and legal bills. (Photo: The University of Oregon)

The University of Oregon paid its police chief, Carolyn McDermed, $46,000 to leave the position, officials said Friday.

She left the job abruptly just days before a federal judge reconfirmed a $755,000 jury award against McDermed and her department in a whistleblower case. The jury's decision indicated they believed she retaliated unlawfully against an employee who complained about her leadership, then lied about it repeatedly on the stand.

The case is expected to cost UO more than $1.5 million in damages and attorney fees.

McDermed, who made $139,000 a year, had four months left on her yearly contract when she agreed to step down a week ago, Oregon Live reports.


Comments (4)

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Percy @ 3/7/2016 1:17 PM

Why not just fire her?

GN @ 3/7/2016 3:26 PM

That is a poor headline. They fired her and paid the remaining balance of her contract, just like they do when they fire a football or basketball coach.

Robert @ 3/7/2016 9:28 PM

GN...big difference.
Firing for no cause (losing football record, "new direction" for sports program, etc.). In this case the person should receive their contract...unless negligence can be proven.
Firing for cause (lying on the stand, costing taxpayers $750K) should NOT result in a payment. Sound like hush money to make it all go away...and only the students and taxpayers suffer.
Why isn't she arrested for perjury and stripped of her state credentials?

kevCopAz @ 3/8/2016 3:22 PM

agreed if she perjured herself, no money and should be charged. Really 140 K a year to lead a campus PD?

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