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Separation Agreements in Public Safety

Separation Agreements in Public Safety

  • Matt Dolan
    Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC
  • Apr 08, 2019
  • 2:00 - 4:00pm EST
Individual Fee:
  • $95.00 per registered attendee
Group Rate:
  • $95.00 for the first attendee - $25.00 per each additional attendee
  • $500 This fee will allow for up to 40 attendees to participate in the webinar

Public safety leaders across the country feel frustrated or even helpless in the face of arbitrators and judges who have, or seem poised to, reinstate individuals that they feel pose some threat to the public and to agency members. This frustration tends to come from the obvious desire to have some substantial influence in determining the composition of the ranks that they lead.

What options do agency leaders have when they believe that they have an obligation to remove a “bad apple” from their ranks? First, they can tolerate the behavior and seek to minimize it by “hiding” the employee to the extent possible. Second, they can terminate the employee with the knowledge that arbitrators or courts might well overturn their decision. But third, they can negotiate with the employee to separate from the agency in a way that sticks—a way that is contractual and legally binding.

The notion of paying a substantial amount of money to a terminated officer, firefighter or dispatcher is often a difficult one to accept. But how expensive is it to pay the salary of a public safety professional who could cost millions of dollars at any moment?

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