By ERIC CRUMP, Editor
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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By ERIC CRUMP, Editor
€ Park Hills ‹ Jim York, publisher of the Park Hills Daily Journal for the past five years, has taken an executive management position in Cincinnati with The E.W. Scripps Co. He will lead the information technology group for Scripps’ 15 newspapers.
Before being named publisher in Park Hills, York was vice president of information technology for the former Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc. Lee Enterprises now owns the Pulitzer publications, including the Daily Journal.
Gary Berblinger, controller, has been named interim publisher in Park Hills.
€ Independence ‹ Sports reporter Dick Puhr, 75, and community reporter Frank Haight, 72, have spent nearly a half century each at The Examiner writing stories about local people. They retired this spring.
The Examiner held a public reception for the two on May 29.
Both of the reporters continue to work as correspondents, writing stories and weekly columns. Puhr started writing about local sports in 1959. Haight has been writing for The Examiner since 1961.
Puhr didn’t miss a day of work in 44 years until a kidney stone operation laid him up for a bit.
€ Concordia ‹ Chris Post was named interim editor of The Concordian in May. He is on summer break from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where he is a professor of mass communications. He served as senior staff writer of The Marshall Democrat-News for eight years.
Post and his wife, Callie, live on a small farm outside Marshall with their four children. Post has a journalism degree from the University of Central Missouri and is working on a master’s degree through Eastern Michigan University.
Shelly Arth, owner/publisher of The Concordian, said she is searching for an editor for the weekly.
€ Dexter ‹ Mike McCoy has joined the news staff of the Daily Statesman. He is a native of Dexter and attended Westminster College in Fulton.
McCoy worked at the Statesman in the mid-1970s before moving to Arkansas. He has worked as editor and city editor for Graves Publishing Co. in Nashville, Ark., since 1982.
McCoy replaced Sacha Champion, who accepted a position nearer her Poplar Bluff home. He joins Corey Noles as a full-time writer for the Statesman.
€ Columbia ‹ Caroline Dohack has been hired as lifestyles editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune. She manages the Sunday section that carries fashion, fitness, travel, home décor and society news.
Dohack is a graduate of Doniphan High School. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, then transferred to the School of Journalism at MU.
€ Carrollton ‹ Klarissa Olvera, Carrollton, a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism, is working as a summer intern at the Carrollton Democrat.
€ Elsberry ‹ Mariah Suddarth, Elsberry, is working as a summer intern at The Elsberry Democrat. She’ll be a junior this fall at the Missouri School of Journalism.
€ King City ‹ King City High School student Megan Saeidi is interning at the Tri-County News for the third consecutive summer. She’ll be a senior this fall.
€ Springfield ‹ Cheryl Lindus, ad director for the Springfield News-Leader since July 2005, has been named president and publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala.
The News-Leader and the Advertiser are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.
Before joining the News-Leader Lindus was the ad director of the Hunting, W.Va., Herald-Dispatch and ad director of the Star Press in Muncie, Ind.
Gannett presented her with a President’s Ring in 2007 in recognition of her achievements.
Elizabeth Ruth Wilhite, 87, Marshall, a retired 28-year employee of The Marshall Democrat-News, died May 13, 2008, at Life Care Center in Carrollton.
John L. Tucker, 57, a former publisher of the Marshall Democrat-News, died April 25, 2008, at his home in McAlester, Okla.
Mr. Tucker graduated from Truman High School in Independence and began his newspaper career as a copy boy at The Kansas City Star and Times in 1968. After graduating from Missouri State University, he went to work for Stauffer Communications as ad director for the Nevada newspaper.
He was named publisher of the Democrat-News in 1978, and in 1983 was named publisher of the Shawnee News-Star in Oklahoma. In 2003, he worked as the ad director of The Edmond Sun, then was named to his current position as publisher of The McAlester News-Capital in 2005.
Survivors are his wife, Rae; four sons, six grandchildren, his mother, and the mother of his children.