Collegedale, former police officers reach settlement in lawsuits over alleged quota system

The a clock tower in front of Collegedale City Hall is pictured Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Collegedale, Tennessee.

The city of Collegedale and four former police officers have settled two employment-based lawsuits after two years of litigation surrounding an alleged quota system, according to a joint news release from the city and the officers' attorney.

Former police officers Robert Bedell, Kolby Duckett, David Schilling and David Holloway brought lawsuits against Collegedale, former City Manager Ted Rogers and former police Chief Brian Hickman in 2019 following the officers' firings that they believed were connected to them speaking out about an "illegal quota system."

Under the agreement, the city and its insurer have agreed to pay the officers a total of $412,500, the release states.

The settlement comes with no admission of fault or liability on the part of Collegedale, ends the two lawsuits and requires the city to provide neutral references for the officers for future employers.