Decatur City Commission approves confidential workers’ comp settlement for firefighter

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 7, 2017

Decatur City Hall.

Near the end of its regular meeting on March 6, the Decatur City Commission approved a workers’ compensation settlement for a retired firefighter who was injured while still on the job.

The firefighter was injured in 2013 while responding to a medical call. The city would not disclose the exact nature of the injury, citing medical privacy rules. Assistant City Manager Andrea Arnold also would not disclose the terms of the settlement agreement, which the commission discussed in a closed meeting.

“This preliminary settlement still must be approved by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation so the settlement is not final and not subject to disclosure,” Arnold said.

In other business, commissioners renewed City Manager Peggy Merriss’ contract. Merriss’ base compensation increased from $170,000 to $184,000, and the agreement would end on Dec. 31, 2018. Merriss said she has no plans to retire anytime soon. Merriss has worked for the city since 1983 and has been city manager since 1993.

Merriss announced at the meeting that the City Commission’s April 3 meeting was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 29 due the potential lack of a quorum on April 3. The meeting will begin at its usual time of 7:30 p.m. It will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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