Newport and its insurance company settles with former Airport Manager Dennis Reno in employment termination suit.
Here is the city’s news release:
Attorneys for CCIS, the City of Newport’s insurance company, and Dennis Reno, the city’s former Airport Director, have reached a settlement in the lawsuit that Reno filed against the city in 2010.
The terms of the settlement include payments to Reno and his attorneys totaling $210,000 to settle claims against the city. CCIS (City/County Insurance Services) will pay $150,000, and the city will pay $60,000 to settle this suit. The settlement also includes dismissal of all claims against Jim Voetberg and former Mayor Bill Bain individually; and a provision that Reno will not apply for any city position in the future.
Voetberg was pleased that CCIS and Reno have agreed to the settlement. He stated, that “with this settlement, the city can concentrate on building on its successes and making positive change.”
Mayor Mark McConnell said only that he has no comment on the settlement. City Councilor Jeff Bertuleit said “I’m glad it’s over. It took a toll on Mr. Reno and the city. Now we can all move on.”
Dennis Reno, the city’s former Airport Manager, had a difference of opinion as to whether SeaPort Air was fulfilling all of its obligations in a contract to provide state subsidized airline service between Portland and Newport. Reno was eventually fired by City Manager Jim Voetberg, after Reno contacted state officials about his concerns over SeaPort Air’s performance. Reno had also earlier admitted that he had inappropriately included his girlfriend as his wife in order to get her on his city medical insurance program. Reno was ordered to reimburse the city for insurance premiums paid on her behalf.
In November of last year, the city’s insurance carrier paid $180,000 to former Human Resources employee Cheryl Ewing after Voetberg laid her off claiming it was due to city budget constraints. Ewing claimed it was based on discrimination and retaliation by Jim Voetberg and then City Attorney Penelope McCarthy. In that settlement all the money was paid by the insurance company. In the Reno lawsuit settlement the insurance carrier required the city to pay $60,000 of the $210,000 settlement.