Ex-Public Safety Chief Sues Over Firing

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The former head of public safety for a Massachusetts community college says he was fired for supporting a female police officer who sued the school for harassment and discrimination.

The Herald News reports that Bristol Community College in Fall River is being sued by Wayne Wood, who was director of public safety for 17 years until he was fired last year. He says the school fired him in retaliation for his testimony in support of the officer, who won a $2.45 million verdict against the school.

The school declined to comment specifically on Wood’s firing, but noted that it had reorganized many departments recently, including public safety.

Wood says officials gave him poor performance reviews after his testimony to create a pretext for his firing. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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