WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The tables have turned, Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is suing the people involved with the investigation into his spending.
"I don't think you should sue the people you work for," said Blandford's Ron Misaitis.
It's a move some find surprising, President Dobelle suing school trustees, members of the state and others involved in investigating his spending habits.
The 22News I-Team obtained the 40-page lawsuit that accuses the school board of violating his contract when they voted to put him on administrative leave, violating state and school by-laws throughout their investigation and accuses state leaders of simply wanting him fired.
It's the latest chapter in what's been an ongoing debate about how much is too much.
"It's been dragged on. It's time to get down to the nitty gritty and get it done and over with so people will know what's going on and replace him if need be and if not then put him back where he belongs. It's just everything seems to be drawn out," said Blandford's Ginger Oulette.
This all started when the board of trustees started taking a closer look at what they've described as over the top spending habits.
The lawsuit points out his contract isn't specific about what spending is appropriate. The lawsuit not only defends his spending it also outline some of his achievements in the 6 years he's been President at WSU.
As the controversy continues taxpayers hope the school makes changes to avoid this in the future.
"Personally I think they should be given a budget and stay within the budget then if you cant stay within the budget you should be accountable for what you went over budget," said Westfield's Marie Curto.
The I-Team contacted those named in the lawsuit Friday and none wanted to issue a statement or go on-camera.