A former Hancock police chief's claim for back compensation has been denied on appeal.
In an opinion and order filed Monday, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III ruled in favor of Hancock's mayor and council in a pay dispute with Donald R. Gossage, the previous police chief.
Boone's written opinion and order says Gossage agreed in 2003 to give up a portion of his compensation in order to start a Law Enforcement Officers Pension System (LEOPS).
For each of two fiscal years, he was paid $1,883 less than the contract amount. Also, from February 2004 until March 2005, when he was dismissed from his job, the town didn't pay him monthly health benefits of $436.88 apiece, the order and opinion says.