RANGELEY, Maine — The town and former Town Manager Perry Ellsworth have agreed to pay $175,000 to former Public Works foreman Everett Quimby to settle a lawsuit over his firing in 2008.
The civil case was scheduled to be heard Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, but ended when both sides reached a settlement Thursday.
Quimby had worked for the town for 14 years when he was terminated for verbally abusive behavior toward employees he supervised and retaliating against those making complaints, according to court records.
He filed a lawsuit in 2010, claiming he was terminated without due process, in violation of town policy and in violation of the Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act and the Maine Human Rights Act.
He also claimed he was not provided with copies of written complaints that the town manager relied on to justify his termination, which violated the town’s policy.
Quimby was wrongly accused in some incidents, according to the lawsuit and an independent arbitrator’s report.
The town denied the allegations.
The agreement calls for the town to pay Quimby $145,000 and Ellsworth to pay $30,000 before Dec. 3. The town’s portion will come out of the undesignated fund account.
The town and Ellsworth deny any liability to Quimby, and the parties agree that the settlement is a compromise of disputed claims, the agreement states.
Ellsworth left Rangeley in January 2011 to become town manager of South Berwick, a position he currently holds.
A joint statement by the town and Quimby, which is included in the agreement, said, “Everett Quimby and his family have deep roots in the Town of Rangeley, great respect for the town selectmen, and great affection for this uniquely beautiful and caring community. The town values the significant contributions Mr. Quimby has made to the town over many years as both an employee and volunteer. They are both pleased to put this unfortunate dispute completely behind them and to focus on their joint efforts on making Rangeley an even better place for its residents and visitors.”
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