Wisconsin City Settles Severance Suit With Former Fire Chief

The City of Sheboygan has agreed to settle a suit by former Fire Chief Jeff Hermann over payment for accrued sick and vacation leave. The suit was filed after the city refused to pay Chief Hermann roughly $37,000 in accrued leave when he retired in 2014.

The city claimed it changed its policy about allowing employees to carry accrued leave forward from year to year, a change Chief Hermann said could not be applied to him because he was vested.

On Monday, the city council voted to settle the lawsuit for $25,000. According to the SheboyganPress.com, the settlement was a product of pressure from Judge Rebecca Persick to settle the matter after she denied cross motions for summary judgment.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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