Garrett and the City came to terms after a 13-hour mediation session last week, resulting in her resigning from her position.
The City Council also approved a resolution Tuesday, thanking Marie Garrett for her service to City of Brookhaven.
During Public Comment, Brookhaven resident Dale Boone told the Council that he has seen no evidence of Garrett doing anything wrong. “If something has been done wrong I want to see documentation,” he said.
Resident Jim McKechnie told the Council he is disappointed the City is not discussing the particulars and disclosing the reasoning behind their decision to end their relationship Garrett.
“I want to know about the City right here in this Council,” McKechnie said. “I don’t want to hear about it on the TV news, I don’t want to see it in the newspaper, I don’t want to see it on the radio before I know about it.” He added there needs to be more transparency from the Council “and it has to start right now.”
The City has only released a statement that was prepared as part of the settlement agreement. “The City of Brookhaven and Marie Garrett have resolved a contract disagreement to the satisfaction of all concerned. Over the past three years, Marie Garrett’s integrity and hard work have been invaluable assets to our City and instrumental to the City’s success. The Mayor and the City Council thank Marie for her devoted service and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
The $225,000 settlement amount is broken out as follows:
- $42,300.00 to Garrett’s retirement annuity
- $13,950.00 to Garrett’s One America account
- $168,750.00, less applicable withholding for state and federal income taxes to Garrett in a lump sum
On Tuesday, January 12th, Councilmembers held a Special Called Meeting and voted 5-0 to suspend Garrett. The next day, in a second Special Called Meeting, the Council decided unanimously to enter in to mediation with Garrett despite an agenda that stated Councilmembers were meeting to terminate her.
Police Chief Gary Yandura is serving as Interim City Manager until Garrett’s successor is found. Brookhaven says the City is conducting an all-out search for her replacement and has posted the job on the City website.