Brookhaven city officials reached an “amicable settlement” with former city manager Marie Garrett after mediation with attorneys took place all day Wednesday. As part of the settlement, Garrett will resign her post and receive a payout of $225,000.
The city released this official statement Thursday morning after an agreement was signed at 10:23 p.m. on Jan. 20:
The City of Brookhaven and City Manager Marie Garrett have reached an amicable settlement agreement following mediation on Jan. 20. The settlement agreement is attached as Exhibit A.
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 council is scheduled to vote to ratify the agreement at its next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 4362 Peachtree Road.
The council voted Jan. 12 in a hastily called emergency special called meeting to suspend Garrett and was ready to fire her in a special called meeting on Jan. 13. However, after meeting in executive session for three hours on Jan. 13, the council came out and Mayor John Ernst read a handwritten statement saying the city agreed to enter into mediation with Garrett.
If Garrett had been fired, her contract with the city stated she would receive nine months salary of her $214,000 annual salary, as well as unpaid vacation, health care benefits and retirement annuity.
A national search for a new city manager is underway. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura is serving as interim city manager.
The agreement reads: