Month 2001-5 May
Meeting of 2001-5-21 SPECIAL MEETING
LAWTON CITY SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
MAY 21, 2001 -9:00 A.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
Mayor, Cecil E. Powell Also Present:
Presiding Bill Baker, City Manager
John Vincent, City Attorney
Sandra Rench, Deputy City Clerk
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Notice of meeting and agenda were posted
City Hall notice board as required by State law.
Present: Randy Bass, Ward One
James H. Hanna, Ward Two
Glenn Devine, Ward Three
John Purcell, Ward Four
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Barbara Moeller, Ward Six
Stanley Haywood, Ward Seven
Michael Baxter, Ward Eight
1. Pursuant to Section 307B.1, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes, and
Section 309 e of Title 75
Oklahoma Statutes consider convening in executive session to discuss the respondent's
settlement offer in the Individual Proceedings concerning John Kinslow, Municipal Judge, and in
open session take action if necessary. Exhibits: None.
MOVED by Baxter, SECOND by Devine, to convene in executive session to consider the item so
listed on the agenda as recommended by legal staff. AYE: Hanna, Devine, Purcell, Shanklin,
Moeller, Haywood, Baxter, Bass. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
The Mayor and Council convened in executive session at approximately 9:05 a.m. and
reconvened in regular, open session at approximately 9:40 a.m. with roll call reflecting all
Vincent said Pursuant to Section 307B.1, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes, and Section 309
e of Title
75 Oklahoma Statutes the Council convened in executive session to consider and discuss the
respondent's settlement offer in the Individual Proceedings concerning John Kinslow, Municipal
Judge. Vincent suggested a motion that the Council consider a settlement agreement styled as
The parties hereto, upon consideration of all pertinent factors, and desiring to resolve
differences enter freely into this settlement agreement. Accordingly, the parties agree as follows:
I. The City of Lawton agrees that:
a. The evidence regarding the allegations in the Petition filed March 13, 2001 remains
between the parties. However, the mere existence of the allegations has eroded the working
relationship between the City and Kinslow.
b. A level of acrimony between the parties exists, and it is in the best interests of
the parties that
this matter be resolved.
c. Kinslow shall receive, as settlement payment, the sum set forth in Paragraph III,
II. John Kinslow agrees that:
a. While he continues to deny each of the allegations, and any wrongdoing, he believes
personal and family interests and those of the public will best be served by resolving this matter
without further controversy.
b. He will accept the sum set forth in Paragraph III, infra., as settlement payment
to buy out his
contract and that he will resign the office of Municipal Judge in and for the City of Lawton.
III. Accordingly, the parties, agree that upon payment by the City of a lump sum of
and acceptance by John Kinslow of that sum, the Petition pending before the City Council shall
be dismissed with prejudice, and Kinslow shall resign as Municipal Judge as of the effective date
of this Agreement.
a. Kinslow, the City of Lawton, Linda Hargrove, Donna Mata and Cherese Bagwell Smith
to execute mutual releases.
b. Nothing herein shall limit Kinslow's entitlement to COBRA benefits.
c. All discovery taken in this case shall remain the work product of the Lawton City
other attorneys of record.
IV. The effective date of this Agreement shall be the date of its acceptance by the
Council and the execution of the above-referenced releases.
V. The parties hereto agree to be solely responsible for any and all costs, including
that the party incurred.
Approved in open meeting by the City Council of Lawton this 21
st day of May, 2001. To be
signed if approved by Mayor Cecil E. Powell and Judge John Kinslow.
Vincent said if the motion is accepted suggested the Mayor be authorized to execute
settlement agreement and any and all necessary releases.
MOTION by Devine, SECOND by Hanna, to accept the settlement agreement and authorize the
Mayor to execute the agreement and any and all necessary releases. AYE: Purcell, Shanklin,
Moeller, Haywood, Baxter, Bass, Hanna, Devine. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
2. Pursuant to Section 9-2-206 B & C, Lawton City Code, 1995,
hold, in open session, the
hearing for removal of Municipal Judge John Kinslow; and pursuant to Section 307B1 and
Section 307B8, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes, convene in executive session to deliberate and take
necessary action in open session. Exhibits: None.
Due to action taken above this item was not considered.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:45 a.m. upon motion, second