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Former IPD chief settles discrimination lawsuit, agrees to return to work

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Former Acting Police Chief John Joly is back at the Ithaca Police Department after settling his discrimination lawsuit against the city. The settlement includes a $175,000 payment to Joly and ends a 14-month leave he took from the department, according to The Ithaca Voice.

Joly, who claimed he was passed over for the permanent chief position due to racial discrimination, will resume his previous role as Deputy Chief of Professional Standards. The lawsuit was filed after Joly’s appointment as permanent chief was rescinded in late 2022.

Ithaca Police Chief Tom Kelly, who was chosen as the permanent chief, said he looks forward to working with Joly to enhance community safety.