City releases termination agreement

The Marshall Democrat-News reported (in February) that the Marshall City Council had agreed to the termination of the employment of police Lt. Brad Bartlett upon “mutually agreeable terms.”
The newspaper recently received additional information that specifies the terms under which Bartlett and the city agreed to end his employment.
The council, meeting in closed session Feb. 16, approved a separation agreement with Bartlett and on Feb. 19 released the minutes of the closed session, as required by the Missouri Sunshine Law.
The agreement is considered confidential by both parties, but after an inquiry by Bartlett’s attorney challenging the accuracy of the newspaper story, the Democrat-News filed a Sunshine Law request with the city seeking a copy of the agreement.
On June 25 the city complied with the request and released the text of the agreement.
According to the document, the agreement was entered into at the city’s request and with the consent of Bartlett to end his employment, and it spells out a number of obligations for both parties.
The agreement requires the city to continue paying Bartlett’s salary and benefits through July 31, and to reimburse Bartlett $6,500 for attorney’s fees.
Bartlett and his attorney declined to comment, citing the confidentiality provision of the agreement.

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