North Routt fire district releases chief's separation agreement

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— When faced with possible disciplinary action, North Routt Fire Protection Chief Bob Reilley resigned and was offered a severance package, according to a separation agreement.

The separation agreement was released after the Steamboat Today filed a records request with the fire district.

In exchange for resigning, the fire district is paying Reilley $22,378.13, which is what Reilley would have earned in 4 1/2 months.

Reilley also was paid $2,486.46 in wages and benefits through July 29, which is when Reilley resigned. That amount included compensation for 80 hours of unused vacation time.

In signing the agreement, Reilley agreed to not sue the fire district.

A clause in the separation agreement states the agreement is confidential, and Reilley is allowed to discuss it with only certain people, including family members, accountants and attorneys.

Also by accepting the agreement, Reilley agreed not to speak negatively about the fire district or its board members.

The agreement also says the fire district can tell Reilley’s potential future employers only when Reilley worked at the fire district and what his job was.

When asked earlier this month, Reilley said he resigned for “personal reasons.”

He would not elaborate, and North Routt board President Larry Williams said it was Reilley’s decision to step down.

Reilley resigned after the fire district board went into executive session for Reilley’s performance review and to discuss possible disciplinary action.

Reilley became chief nine years ago after North Routt residents approved a mill levy to hire a full-time chief.

Prior to becoming chief, Reilley was a volunteer firefighter in the district for seven years.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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