Council backs down; McEvoy gets full $1.15 million

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Dr. Larry McEvoy, who left three weeks ago as CEO of Memorial Health System, will receive all of the $1.15 million settlement granted to him by Memorial's board of trustees in late April.

City Council made that decision Monday after a lengthy executive session, agreeing not to use legal means to challenge the settlement. The decision apparently came at the advice of City Attorney Chris Melcher.

Council released the following after taking action:

Council issues statement about McEvoy settlement

Today, after consulting with the City Attorney in closed executive session, City Council issued the following statement regarding the settlement agreement between Dr. Larry McEvoy and the Board of Trustees of Memorial Health System. The statement was read by Council President Scott Hente:

“With regard to the separation agreement concerning Dr. Larry McEvoy, it is the consensus of the City Council that we will direct the City Attorney not to pursue legal action opposed to the decision of the previous Memorial Health System Board of Trustees.

“While we find the actions of the Board personally and professionally distasteful and repugnant, under the 1949 ordinance approved by the voters and subsequent actions by previous councils, we believe the previous Board of Trustees was operating within their authority. To continue to fight this decision would expose the taxpayers of this community to lengthy and expensive legal action. It is now time to focus on moving Memorial Health System toward its future lease with University of Colorado Health.”

Councilmembers Czelatdko and Dougan were excused from the meeting.

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