Former Sparks Fire Chief’s Attorney Seeks $441,000+ in Damages

The former Sparks fire chief is seeking more than $441,000 in damages after his lawyer said he was wrongfully dismissed. from his appointment.

Mark Lawson was confirmed as fire chief on November 28, but resigned after the City learned that Lawson had been accused of ‘serious criminal activity’ in a now-deleted YouTube video.

In this letter, Lawson’s attorney requests, “that the City pay the salary and benefits that he should have received under his contract with the City if He is terminated under the terms of the Employment Agreement.”

The attorney said the City’s termination was a violation of his employment contract – as well as city policies and procedures.

The letter also requests additional compensation for defamation of Lawson’s reputation as well as attorney’s fees.

This is the second request that his lawyer has sent to the City.

On January 31, Lawson is scheduled to appear before the Sparks Justice Court on January 31, on 4 serious charges, including the charge of conspiracy, all eating and illegally possessing portions of the banned ice powder.

January 31st is the same day that Lawson’s lawyers will give the City an answer.

His lawyers said if the request for compensation is not presented to the City Council within two weeks, Lawson can file a lawsuit in the Second District Court “to recover his damages.” resulting from the negligence of City Manager (Neil) Krutz.”

2 News contacted the City about this latest letter. They told us, “The City of Sparks does not comment on threats or pending litigation.”

To date, the City has not officially selected a new fire chief, but three finalists have been selected:

* Lorenzo Gigliotti, Fire Chief for the Apple Valley Fire Protection District, Apple Valley, California, 38 years in the fire service.

* Aaron Lowe, Deputy Firefighter for the Carson City Fire Department, Carson City, 28 years in the fire service.

* Patrick Reid, Deputy Firefighter for the Pasco Fire Department, Pasco, Washington, 30 years in the fire service.

Finalists will participate in a one-day evaluation and interview to compete for the position on January 25th.

DECEMBER 9, 2022:

Former Sparks Fire Chief Mark Lawson was indicted on four felony charges.

The charges were filed in Sparks Justice Court on Friday.

Lawson is charged with conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, two counts of possession of a schedule I or II drug, and possession of crime with intent to sell class III, IV or V with a gang enhancement component.







Sparks Justice Court




Lawson resigned earlier this week after the City of Sparks learned that Lawson had been charged with ‘serious criminal charges.’

The City of Sparks has not released information on a new search for a Fire Chief.

Original Story:

(December 5, 2022) The City of Sparks is looking for a new fire chief after Mark Lawson resigned pending ‘serious crime situations.’

In a statement, the city manager said he requested and received Lawson’s resignation Monday morning when he learned of the charges. So far, the City has not clarified what those are.

“This is an unfortunate situation. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Chief Lawson and I’m excited to see how he moves the Sparks Fire Department forward,” said Chief Neil Krutz.

Last week the Sparks City Council voted to appoint Lawson as their new fire chief.

According to the City, Lawson has been in the fire service for 32 years, including with CAL FIRE.

The council also approved the annual salary of $200,000 with benefits.

A total of 32 applications were received – and all candidates have over 20 years of experience.

Lawson was accepted after Jim Reid announced his retirement in April 2022.

The City has not yet made a decision on hiring a new fire chief.

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STORY BOOK:

The city of Sparks has a new fire chief – Mark Lawson.

Lawson now takes over after chief Jim Reid announced his retirement in April 2022.

The Sparks City Council unanimously appointed Lawson to the position on Monday.

According to the City, Lawson has been in the fire service for 32 years, including with CAL FIRE.

The council approved an annual salary of $200,000 plus benefits.

A total of 32 applications were received – and all candidates have over 20 years of experience.

Walt White was the first to be offered the job, but because of his living conditions, he withdrew his name.

The other finalists were Travis Anderson, Brett Jeremy Headman, Kevin Jakubo and Mark Rohlfing. All six members combined have 177 years of service.

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