MOUNT VERNON — A former Knox Area Transit employee will receive almost $4,000, before taxes, as the result of a settlement agreement with the KAT board of directors.
A special meeting of the board took place Wednesday morning at the Knox County Service Center for the purpose of approving the settlement agreement with former KAT operations manager Gene Cockrell.
In attendance at Monday’s meeting were John Booth, Teresa Bemiller and Joe Sigman plus Brian Butcher, representing KAT’s outside council, Clemans-Nelson and Associates. “The parties entered into a settlement agreement and decided to split ways amicably,” said Butcher.
Cockrell was terminated from his position on April 12 for reasons of insubordination and refusing to perform assigned work or comply with instructions from a supervisor. Cockrell had appealed his termination with the State Personnel Board of Review. As part of the settlement, Cockrell will withdraw his pending appeal.
The agreement states that Knox Area Transit shall pay Mr. Cockrell for 230.5 hours of time at a pay rate of $17 in one lump sum.
Additional terms of the agreement include a neutral letter of reference that will be provided to Cockrell which will include rates of pay, positions held and dates of employment. KAT will rescind the charges against Cockrell and his termination will be removed from his file and be replaced by his resignation.
Although both sides agree to the settlement, neither side admits to any wrongdoing as part of the confidential agreement.
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