City agreement would pay ex-officer $31,000

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LA CENTER — The city of La Center is working out a separation agreement with former police officer Tracy Cook, offering to pay her more than $31,000 after she voluntarily left the department.

Officials are presenting the deal to settle any potential legal claims Cook might file against the city. As part of the agreement, Cook would not be able to file any lawsuits against city staff, elected officials or the La Center Police Officer's Association.

Cook joined the department in September 2011, and she just recently submitted a letter of resignation to the city. The compensation would account for three months of paychecks, six months of health benefits and her remaining vacation time.

City officials expect to finalize the agreement over the weekend.

Cook could not be reached for comment. Police Chief Marc Denney and Finance Director Suzanne Levis, who acts as the city's spokeswoman, said they could not comment.