The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

January 19, 2013

Records detail Stephens' exit as city worker

(Continued)

ENID, Okla. — Stephens: ‘I resigned from the city’

When contacted by the News & Eagle concerning his employment with the city, Stephens said he had worked for 23 years in the landfill and solid-waste department, and that he resigned from the city and currently is pursing a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Enid.

When asked about the city records of his termination, Stephens replied “I resigned from the city. That’s all I can comment on my leaving the city.”

Stephens later provided the News & Eagle with a signed letter of resignation dated Dec. 13, 2012. Stephens wrote in the letter “Effective (Aug. 12, 2012) I resign from my employment with the city of Enid.”

Stephens again declined to comment on the terms of his separation from employment with the city.

“I entered into an agreement that allowed me to resign, and I am bound by that agreement that I can’t disclose the terms under which I resigned,” Stephens said.

Records provided by the city pursuant to a News & Eagle records request show Stephens filed a grievance against the city through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1136.

Stephens, AFSCME and the city entered into arbitration in the grievance. According to the agreement, the arbitration was settled on Dec. 11, 2012, with the city paying a settlement of $19,801.60.

According to the settlement agreement, the city settled with the payment “to avoid expenditures of time and money.”

The settlement terms included AFSCME withdrawing its grievance against the city, and forfeit of any future claims by Stephens against the city related to his separation.

Settlement terms also permitted Stephens to submit a resignation letter, retroactive to his separation date, and the city agreed to “substitute the letter of resignation for the discharge letter in Stephens’ personnel file.”

The terms did not include an admission of wrongdoing on the part of Stephens or the city, but did expressly prohibit Stephens and AFSCME from talking about the settlement.

A confidentiality clause in the settlement prohibits Stephens, his spouse and attorneys and AFSCME from disclosing the terms of the grievance settlement. The settlement specifies a penalty of $1,980 as a “presumptively reasonable amount for breach of this confidentiality clause.”

Stephens said he is sticking to the confidentiality clause, but added his desire to run for city commission is not related to his release from city employment.

“I always said when I retired from the city of Enid I would run for city council,” Stephens said. “I’m not running because they got rid of me, period. I’m running because I want to run.”

Stephens is running against Enid attorney Ben Ezzell for the Ward 3 seat on the Enid City Commission. The race will be decided in the city election on Feb. 12.

Go to http://enidnews.com to view related documents.

Text Only
Local and State News
  • OBI: Summer important for blood donations

    Oklahoma Blood Institute especially encourages people with O-negative blood type to give, since it can be given to anyone who needs blood, according to a press release.

    July 25, 2014

  • pursuit.tiff Motorcycle pursuit ends in arrest

    The motorcycle led officers south on Van Buren to Sunridge Estates before making a U-turn and traveling northbound on Van Buren, where the motorcycle reached speeds in excess of 100 mph, police said

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Food_pantry_2_BH.jpg Oklahoma food pantries scrambling to meet demand

    While Loaves & Fishes helps an average of 700 families each month, last July and August the bank averaged 880, said Carrie Sanders, executive director of Loaves & Fishes in Enid.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma Execution_Hass.jpg States' use of execution drugs varies widely

    Oklahoma has authorized five different lethal injection protocols: a three-drug method beginning with sodium thiopental, pentobarbital, or midazolam, a two-drug procedure using midazolam and hydromorphone, or a single, lethal dose of pentobarbital.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo 4 Stories

  • Frank Lucas.jpg Congressman Lucas earns agriculture group's honor

    Lucas represents Oklahoma's 3rd Congressional district that includes all or portions of 32 counties , including Garfield County, in northern and western Oklahoma and serves as chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Capital-Cities.jpg Tulsa music and arts festival starts Friday

    The two-day music and arts event that starts Friday is named after the popular downtown Tulsa landmark, the Center of the Universe, located on the Boston Avenue pedestrian bridge.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • image6.jpg Weather forecast: Good news and bad

    Temperatures are forecast straight from the oven today and Saturday, but changes are coming ...

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Silver Alert issued out of El Reno

    Ray Barger, 82, has not been seen since 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to El Reno Police Department.
     

    July 25, 2014

  • Lynette Rae Sampson.jpg Say what?: Woman arrested after calling EPD to complain her meth was ‘laced’

    A 54-year-old Enid woman is facing felony drug charges after allegedly calling police earlier in the week and telling them she thought her methamphetamine was laced with something. Woman to officer: "I'm glad you came."

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Christopher Sparks.jpg 1st-degree murder suspect will return to county to face charge

    Christopher Ryan Sparks was charged July 15 with capital murder, which is punishable by life in prison, life without parole or death. He is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, Chassidy Michelle Hancock, sometime July 11 in their apartment in Garber.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

News Photos


Enid News & Eagle photos taken throughout February 2014. Enjoy full-access all ENE photos at http://enidnews.smugmug.com