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Bogota Council Moves To Settle With Reinstated Female Police Officer

Regina Tasca
Regina Tasca Photo Credit: FACEBOOK photo

BOGOTA, N.J. -- Bogota's Borough Council took the first step Thursday night to settling a challenge by Officer Regina Tasca over her 2012 firing.

The borough already owes Tasca more than $300,000 under a judge's March order that she be reinstated.

On Thursday, a council majority agreed on an undisclosed settlement amount, to be paid through insurance and municipal funds.

A trial could follow if Tasca, who's back on the job, doesn't agree to the proposed deal.

The council fired Tasca in 2012 following a pair of on-duty incidents more than a year earlier.

Superior Court Judge Rachelle Harz ruled earlier this year invalidated the firing, saying that then-Mayor Pat Hale and then-Councilman Tito Jackson should have recused themselves because of conflicts of interest.

Tasca became the borough's first female police officer in 2001.

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