Portland health inspector paid nearly $19,000 to quit, keep quiet

Michele Sturgeon, Portland's food service industry health inspector, talks to Anthony Salvaggio, owner of The Maine Squeeze lemonade stand, on the Eastern Promenade in August 2012 during the Gentleman of the Road festival.
Andrew Cullen | The Forecaster
Michele Sturgeon, Portland's food service industry health inspector, talks to Anthony Salvaggio, owner of The Maine Squeeze lemonade stand, on the Eastern Promenade in August 2012 during the Gentleman of the Road festival.
Posted Oct. 16, 2013, at 8:57 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 16, 2013, at 10:01 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Press Herald on Wednesday reported that Michele Sturgeon, the city’s former health inspector, was paid $18,600 to resign her post in an Aug. 22 agreement.

The agreement also reportedly included a provision for Sturgeon “never to disparage or speak ill of the city or any of its products, services, affiliates, officers, directors, or employees in their professional capacities,” prevents her from filing any claims against the city, and bars her from working from the city in the future.

Sturgeon has declined requests from the Bangor Daily News to comment on her departure.

To read the agreement, visit http://media.pressherald.com/documents/Sturgeon.pdf.

To read the full story, visit http://www.pressherald.com/news/Inspector_of_Portland_restaurants_was_paid_to_quit__clam_up_.html.

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