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Dobelle Drops Federal Lawsuit Against Westfield State


Former Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle has dropped a federal lawsuit claiming state officials forced him out of his job in 2013. 

    The agreement to drop the suit came days after Dobelle’s attorneys tried to exit his case claiming they had not been paid.  Dobelle’s lawyer said the cost of continuing the litigation was too great for both sides.  Westfield State spokesperson Molly Watson said the school has already paid for expenses related to the investigations into Dobelle’s lavish spending, which ultimately led to his departure.

   A state lawsuit by Dobelle against his former employer alleging breach of contract is still pending. Dobelle is a defendant in suit alleging he misspent public funds.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.