SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A former member of the state Parole Board has filed suit against Gov. Deval Patrick and his former chief of staff, saying she was improperly forced out of her job in a highly publicized housecleaning weeks after a parolee killed a Woburn police officer.

Pamela Lombardini of Salem voted in 2008 to release Dominic Cinelli (sin-ELL'-ee), the man who went on to fatally shoot Officer John Maguire in December 2010. Cinelli also died in the shootout with police.

The Salem News ( ) reports that the lawsuit alleges board members were threatened even though an investigation found they had done nothing wrong in granting Cinelli parole.

The suit seeks $350,000 in damages as well as an additional unspecified amount for wrongful termination and violation of civil rights.

The governor's office refused comment.


Information from: WAMG-AM,