Sacked Cleveland Police chief Sean Price to be sued by PCC
The former boss of Cleveland Police is being sued by the force's police and crime commissioner (PCC) for £500,000.
Sean Price was sacked in 2012 after being found guilty of gross misconduct.
He said he would fight the bid to claim back the money - a retention package and bonuses paid before he was dismissed which the PCC said he should not have been paid.
The civil claim is expected to be heard at Newcastle Crown Court in March.
Speaking after a preliminary hearing at the same court, Mr Price said he was entitled to the money, which he no longer had.
He said: "I don't think it is lawful what they are trying to do, but a court is going to have to hear it."
Mr Coppinger's office said it had a "corporate responsibility" to pursue the case for the "public purse" and added it would be inappropriate to comment further while litigation was ongoing.
Mr Price was sacked after he was found to have lied about his role in the recruitment of the former police authority chairman's daughter.