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The Chattanooga City Council this evening turned down by a vote of 6-2 with one abstention a contract that would have kept retiring Chattanooga Police Department Chief Freeman Cooper in place.

The contract would have paid the chief his current salary of $116,822 a year, plus allow him to draw a pension of almost $80,000 a year and also take a retirement benefit, called the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, in a lump sum payment of about $240,000.

Chief Cooper had planned to retire Wednesday, his 28th anniversary on the force.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.

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