Former Sparks fire chief’s attorney files $441,000 plea

The attorney for Mark Lawson, the former Sparks fire chief, sent a second letter of appeal Thursday to the city because of his brief tenure.

The letter provides a two-week deadline for those demands, including submission to the city council, to be met, otherwise “Chief Lawson will have no other choice but seeking relief in court.”

$441,218.83 – $250,000 is being sought in the letter for defamation, $20,000 for attorney’s fees and attorney’s fees, and the rest for unused vacation pay. Insurance is also required for six months.

The demand stems from a dispute over Lawson’s departure as a Sparks employee.

In early December, less than a week after Lawson started as fire chief, Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz announced in a since-removed YouTube video made for firefighters that Lawson had resigned and was pending felony charges against him. Four drug charges related to steroids were immediately issued against Lawson.

Lawson said he has not resigned and should be innocent until proven guilty. His attorney, Jason Guinasso, asked that Lawson be reinstated until the drug case is over — or the deputy manager means an employee on paid leave.

Sparks City Manager Neil Krutz

Thursday’s letter from Guinasso thanked Sparks’ attorney Wes Duncan “for engaging in a positive conversation with me about Chief Lawson.”

The petition accuses Krutz of grossly biasing the public against Lawson and expresses the hope of a legal process to determine how Krutz knew about the felony charges before filing them. them.

In an email to RGJ, Guinasso said, “I will be doing a series of public records requests to help us understand what the City Manager knew, who he was. talk about it, and time about Lawson.”

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