By Scott Hammers

The Bulletin

Newly released records indicate the city of Prineville paid former Police Chief Eric Bush nearly $128,000 in wages and benefits over the 10-plus months he spent on administrative leave.

Bush was fired by the city July 15, following the completion of a lengthy investigation into an unspecified personnel matter. The Crook County Legal Department has ordered the city to make the 277-page report created as a result of the investigation public, but the city has yet to do so.

Payroll records released by the city put Bush’s pre-tax, gross pay at $8,649 per month, for a total of $94,910 between Sept. 3, 2013, when he was put on leave, and his July 15 termination.

Prineville also paid $16,296 over the same period toward Bush’s retirement benefits under the state Public Employees Retirement System, and $15,906 for medical and dental coverage. With some smaller benefit payments figured in, the total comes to nearly $128,000.

The investigation into Bush, conducted by the Local Government Personnel Institute, cost the city another $49,173.

Since his dismissal as chief, Bush has filed a lawsuit against the city, the Local Government Personnel Institute and Capt. Michael Boyd, interim chief of the Prineville Police Department.

Bush is also the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

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