Fort Scott City Manager announces retirement during investigation

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FORT SCOTT, Kan. – Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin announces his retirement from the city.

Martin started as the city manager in August 2010. His employment with the city will ends October 30th.

Under the severance agreement, Martin will continue to receive his full salary of $107, 473.60 through the end of the year. He is paid bi-weekly at $4,133.60 per pay period.

Beginning January 1st, 2021, Martin will receive half of his yearly salary, $53,736.80 per year, through August 21st, 2023. The city will continue to pay for health, dental and vision benefits for Martin through the end of 2021, as well as an additional $8,000 total to his retirement fund.

We requested an on-camera interview with Martin, but he declined. He says, “I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and am proud of all the good things happening in Fort Scott.”

We also reached out to City Attorney Jeff Deane, who declined to do an interview but did provide some information. He says negotiations have been ongoing for around a month, and that the severance agreement includes pretty standard terms. He explains Martin’s original contract ran through 2023, so they negotiated to buy out the rest of his contract to let him retire early. He also says Martin would have preferred to finish his contract, but it was advantageous for Martin to retire now. Deans also says the upcoming city sales tax played a part in Martin’s decision to retire, explaining that Martin hopes it will help residents make that decision.

We also asked Martin to explain how the upcoming sales tax played a part in his decision to retire early. He responded, “I hope it passes.”

The announcement comes as current and former city employees are under investigation for allegations of official misconduct and misuse of funds. The investigation is being led by the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Wyandotte and Johnson County. Sheriff Bill Martin says they have started doing interviews. “It will take some time to make sure that we have properly covered everything we need to,” says Martin. “I know that people are expecting something quickly, but we want to make sure that this done right. Martin’s retirement will not impact the investigation.”

Deane explains that the city has met with investigators and that the city is fully cooperating. He says Martin will continue to cooperate with the investigation as well.

The full severance agreement can be found below:

Dave Martin Severance Agreement