WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A 5:00 p.m. deadline came and went Friday night. The City of West Springfield and suspended Police Captain Daniel O'Brien had not agreed on a settlement that seemed a certainty one week earlier.
"There is no settlement," West Springfield Mayor Greg Neffinger told 22News.
West Springfield Police Captain O'Brien has been on paid administrative leave for 20 months after he was accused of violating department policy for using packing tape to secure a drunken woman, in a restraint chair, at the West Springfield Police Headquarters in September of 2011.
The Mayor, Police Chief Ronald Campurciani and Captain O'Brien and his attorney announced last Friday that they had worked out a settlement. At the time, all parties said they were happy with the agreement.
O'Brien had five days to sign the settlement. Neffinger told 22News that O'Brien had contacted his office during the ensuing week to "verify some numbers and make some minor language changes that were not in the original agreement." Neffinger said the city agreed to those changes, but there were more suggestions that remained unresolved by the Friday 5:00 p.m. deadline.
"The parties couldn't come to agreement," Neffinger said.
Neffinger told 22News that he "will take action Monday morning, and then notify Captain O'Brien."
Neffinger said after the O'Brien notifications are made, he would make a statement to the news media, "explaining definitively whether O'Brien is employed by the town anymore."