Colorado Springs residents may never know.
The city is refusing to release the severance agreement, saying it is not open under the Colorado Open Records Act.
The city denied The Gazette’s request for the document.
“We are not able to provide the actual severance agreement (other than the benefits provided and the amount(s) paid) because they are not open under CORA,” Memorial spokeswoman Cari Davis said in an email.
When asked to cite a specific provision under CORA, Davis provided the following reply:
“Personnel file is defined, in part, as “information maintained because of the employer-employee relationship.” § 24-72-202 (4.5), C.R.S.
CORA prohibits the City from releasing information that is part of employee’s the personnel file. § 24-72-204(3)(a), (II)(A), C.R.S. “Personnel files” does not include the “amount paid or benefit provided incident to termination of employment. Since an employment agreement is maintained because of this employer-employee relationship, it is not open under CORA except for the “amount paid or benefit provided.”