Therefore, the city’s Personnel Manual would be in effect in this issue, the judge said. Landrith found the city owed Chavez $8,206 in back sick pay plus “statutory post-judgment interest,” according to court records.
The city made a motion for a new trial and Landrith denied that in November.
The city next filed an appeal.
While the amount ordered paid to Chavez sounds relatively small by city budget standards, the case could set a precedent that would open the door to endless numbers of suits by former police and fire union employees to sue for back sick leave.
The last action recorded in the open court records available on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network is a request by attorney L. Wayne Edgar, to withdraw as counsel for Chavez. That request was filed April 2. Because Chavez is still represented by the firm of Don G. Pope, it seems unlikely this is the action that necessitated an executive session.
No possible action is listed on the city agenda for either executive session item. Therefore, the city council did not take any action on either executive session item.