Former fire chief will not sue Mason City

Release agreement between city and Al Dyer made public.

Posted: Nov 27, 2017 12:02 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – The former fire chief of Mason City has agreed not to sue the city in exchange for a severance package.

Al Dyer Jr. was placed on paid administrative leave on November 2 for undisclosed reasons. A city memo referred to a “confidential personnel matter” but no specific details have been released.

City officials then confirmed on November 22 that Dyer had submitted his resignation and the release agreement between Dyer and Mason City has now been made public.

In the agreement, which was signed by Dyer and Interim City Administrator Kevin Jacobson on November 17, Mason City agrees to pay Dyer a severance package that amounts to his regular paycheck through January 15, 2018. Dyer will also receive an additional check after January 15 covering all unused vacation time. Mason City also agrees that if any potential employer contacts it about Dyer in the future, the city will only provide the dates of his employment, his salary history, jobs held while he worked for the city, and the date of his resignation.

For his part, Dyer agrees that he will not file a lawsuit in local, state, or federal court against Mason City and frees the city and its elected officials and staff from any legal liability.

The city announced Dyer would be Mason City’s next fire chief in August 2016.

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