Before he was fired as Long Beach police chief, Lawrence L. Binkley unsuccessfully sought a settlement in which the city would have paid him $600,000, vindicated him of any alleged wrongdoings and given him a letter of recommendation, City Hall sources confirmed Friday.
Binkley, who was fired Jan. 17, also asked that the city pay his attorney fees, grant him a stress-related disability retirement and guarantee that any future damages arising from lawsuits filed against him would be paid by Long Beach, according to city officials.
His requests, which were conveyed by his attorney, were rejected.
"The reaction to the request was the same as that of U.S. commanders during the Battle of the Bulge: 'Nuts,' " said Councilman Warren Harwood. "It seemed wholly unjustified, unreasonable, nuts."
Said Councilman Doug Drummond: "Maybe that would be a correct demand in the corporate world. (But) in the world of city government, that's outrageous."