Last week, Memorial Health System Board of Trustees Chairman Jim Moore said that Colorado Springs City Attorney Chris Melcher had “accepted” the $1.15 million separation agreement offered to Memorial CEO Larry McEvoy.
“We’ve consulted with the City Attorney’s Office. I don’t want to characterize him as happy, but I don’t want to characterize him as unhappy. He accepted this,” Moore said.
“He seemed to be satisfied with the various conditions,” he added.
At the request of The Gazette, Melcher on Monday clarified his role in the separation agreement.
“The City Attorney’s role under the Charter is to provide legal advice to the Memorial Health System Board and Council when they consider significant decisions regarding MHS. The City Attorney’s Office does not make those decision,” Melcher said in an email.
“I was asked by the MHS Board to provide legal advice as to the form of a proposed separation agreement for Dr. McEvoy, and the appropriate legal conditions in separation agreements,” he said.
“I provided that advice, which is an attorney client communication. I was not asked, and did not, provide advice to the Board on the monetary or substantive terms of the agreement, and did not advise the Board whether they should proceed with such an agreement,” he said.