Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff

The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief.

Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms.

Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed Former Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling asked for dismissal of a human rights claim against former Mayor Lance Pyle and the village after reaching a settlement in mid-February.

However at that time, the village’s Albuquerque attorney Greg Biehler, said there were still things being worked out between the parties and the settlement was not final.

Biehler would not discuss the settlement terms and referred inquiries to the village.

Dreiling’s attorney Eric Dixon has also declined to discuss the terms of the settlement, classifying it as confidential.

Dreiling alleged Pyle made sexual advances toward her and fired her when she turned him down.

Pyle, who also serves as Curry County manager, said Dreiling’s termination was legitimate and he made no attempt to date her.

In June, the state’s Human Rights Bureau found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation, and ordered a formal hearing.

The hearing was scheduled for Feb. 15 and 16 was canceled when Dreiling withdrew her complaint.