Mark Lawson’s attorney sent a second motion Thursday to the city of Sparks because of his short-lived executive order.
The letter provides a two-week deadline for those requests to be met, including presenting them before the city council, otherwise “Chief Lawson will have no other choice.” but seeking help in court.”
The city said, “Mr. is not working. Lawson currently in the city of Sparks, because the matter is now in the pre-trial stage, the city of Sparks has no further comment.”
The letter is for $441,218.83 – $250,000 alleges damages to his reputation, $20,000 for attorney’s fees and attorney’s fees, and the rest for wages and unused vacation. Insurance is also required for six months. The original application needed to be revised.
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.
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.”
According to the letter, Guinasso and his colleagues analyzed the Nevada jury verdicts, and found large sums, believing that Lawson “suffered at least $500,000 in reputational damages.” has been defamed in public.”
He continued, “Mr. Lawson has agreed to accept a $250,000 settlement as compensation for the injuries he suffered as a result of the defamatory statements made by Manager Krutz.”
That figure does not include the demand for what they say he is owed in lieu of an official suspension budget for wages and benefits.
Division Chief Jim Kindness is acting as deputy fire chief. He has postponed his retirementwhich was planned for the next two months, until a new fire chief arrives.