Demoted Monroeville police chief terminated

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Former Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole, who was demoted to sergeant in February and then placed on paid administrative leave a week ago, has been terminated, manager Lynette McKinney confirmed late Wednesday night.

He was informed via a letter delivered this afternoon, she said.

Sgt. Cole and the municipality have been embroiled in controversy since August 2012, when then-Assistant Chief Steven Pascarella filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights alleging a breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

The complaint alleged privileged information from 911 dispatches was sent to unauthorized individuals. A July report from a private investigator hired by Monroeville claimed the municipality's 911 dispatch center was regularly accessed by unauthorized individuals and placed ultimate responsibility on Mr. Cole.

DHHS will determine whether the municipality violated HIPAA.

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