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Arbitrator finds Manchester had 'just cause' to fire Coco
The Manchester Police Department fired Coco, a sergeant, days after the March 22 incident. Coco appealed the termination and an arbitration hearing was held in October.
The arbitrator upheld Coco's firing in a ruling earlier this month.
"Suffice to say, under the contract, there has to be just cause for termination," Deputy City Solicitor Tom Arnold said. "The arbitrator found the police department and city had just cause to terminate Coco."
Police Chief David Mara said firing Coco, a 17-year veteran of the force, was "the right thing" for the department to do. "We followed the procedures and the process, and the arbitrator ruled that his termination was justified," he said.
Last month, a Superior Court judge rejected the plea-bargain for Coco as inappropriate. The deal would've reduced initial charges of felony conduct after an accident, the legal term for hit-and-run, to misdemeanor charges of vehicular assault. A felony hit and run charge carries a sentence of 3 to seven years in state prison.
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